Ole Gunnar Solskjaer proved Teddy Sheringham wrong when he engaged in a furious spat with Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder on Thursday.
The Manchester United boss clashed with the Blades manager on the touchline as the game, which the Red Devils won 3-2, drew to a close.
The spat was triggered by Ethan Ampadu upending Marcus Rashford, prompting the Norwegian to launch a verbal attack on his contemporary.
Wilder could be seen giving it back to Solskjaer as the duo argued their cases.
Solskjaer isn’t known for clashing with other managers like the man he replaced at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho, for instance.
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And he’s largely seen as a “nice” character without a mean streak.
His former team-mate at United, Teddy Sheringham, once said of him: “He’s the nicest man in the world. All the managers that I knew that were good had that little nasty streak in them that put people in their place. I can’t really imagine Ole doing that.
“But he’s obviously doing a fantastic job. He’s obviously excelled his expectations since he’s gone in there. He’s got to get the job.”
Solskjaer’s willingness to get stuck in and have a verbal spat with Wilder, who is no shrinking violet, shows he’s not always the “nice” guy he’s seen in the press.
In fact, two men who have played under him have said the opposite.
Ashley Young once said of Solskjaer: “A lot of people in the press still see him as the baby-faced assassin. But it was like I said before, when he arrived it was like the boss [Sir Alex Ferguson] had walked back through the door. When he gets down the business, it’s serious.
“At times in the dressing room, he’s had to lose it, and I think that’s right when things aren’t going well. You need to be told that.
“He’s got a nice side and a horrible side, which I feel you need. A lot is said about managers, but it’s down to the players at the end of the day.”
While Chris Smalling said: “I think he [Ole] has got that sort of nasty side. I think every manager has that, the so-called hairdryer treatment when things need a little turnaround.”
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