Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “needs help” and should call on Roy Keane to “fix” Manchester United, says Harry Redknapp, as Red Devils “don’t work hard enough”
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Roy Keane is the perfect man to revive struggling Manchester United players, and the Old Trafford legend is set to be added to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s management squad.
That’s according to Harry Redknapp, who accused the current United squad of “not working hard enough”, looking like a team in desperate need of a rocket from the Irishman.
All eyes are on Solskjaer this weekend as his Man United side travel to Tottenham in what is dubbed El Sackico – LIVE on talkSPORT – with a crucial result for the future of the two managers.
The Norwegian is reportedly on the brink after last weekend’s nightmare against Liverpool, where the boss suffered the low point of his three-year tenure with a 5-0 home loss to rivals.
A reaction is badly needed against Spurs, but even claiming all three points in north London will be little to calm discussions over Solskjaer’s future, with Man United battling for form despite a squad filled with world-class talent.
For many, the opinion is that the writing is on the wall for the coach who is simply overwhelmed.
Redknapp, however, thinks the United legend and former striker just needs help in the dugout, and he says there’s an Old Trafford icon who’s up for the job.
“It was interesting last week to hear all the experts talk about Ole’s situation at Man United,” former Tottenham Redknapp manager told Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“I went with Graeme Souness, I think he needs a little help. I’m not saying their staff are bad and good, but they see me as a very calm bunch.
“I know Michael Carrick very well, I love Michael, he’s a fantastic footballer and a great person and he has other people around him.
“Sometimes you can’t be afraid to think that another push is coming, it will help me and help the team.
“I just think maybe he needs somebody else, somebody else [character] by his side in the group to help them.
“He looked like a lonely figure last week standing on that sideline.
“Do you know who I would take to Manchester United? Everyone’s going to think I’m crazy, but I’ll bring in Roy Keane.
“If I were Ole, I would have told myself he wouldn’t mess around and fix a couple or two.”
Redknapp knows the value of having a trusted No. 2, having enjoyed a long-standing partnership with a number of assistant coaches including Joe Jordan – his fiery Scottish general who brought a sense of discipline and fear into the dressing room and on the sideline. [just ask Gennaro Guttuso].
Sir Alex Ferguson has also had a regular number two rotation, bringing different voices and ideas to his behind-the-scenes team throughout his 27 successful years at Old Trafford.
“I had Joe Jordan at Spurs, I employed people like Glenn Hoddle, I brought in Steve McClaren who was the former England manager,” Redknapp added.
When asked if a character like Keane would disrupt an already delicately balanced locker room, he also said: “Look, if they start winning football games… Ole can sit in his manager’s office on Saturdays. afternoon I don’t care as long as we can start winning and get some results.
“I just think a couple of them are really low, the team is near the bottom on stats and race challenges, they need someone to come and say, ‘listen, forget it all on the pressing and all these different tactics, when you lose the ball, run after it, make tackles ”.
“It’s really basic. We all get carried away by different tactics and ideas, but obviously their biggest problem is that they don’t work hard enough.
“They have to start working hard with and without the ball.”
TalkSPORT host Tony Cascarino knows all about what Keane can bring to the dressing room – he shared one with the former midfielder for years with the Republic of Ireland national team.
But he admitted that the question is whether his combative style will help elicit a reaction from the current Man United squad, or break their morale even more.
“There’s a method to the madness, where you think Roy would ruffle a few feathers, because he would, he would say it and he would be open,” Cascarino said.
“It’s a question of whether this bandage can handle that kind of character, it’s the big if, and if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can handle it too.”
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