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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer impresses former teammate Peter Schmeichel

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Peter Schmeichel admits his former teammate, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has “far exceeded” his expectations since his appointment as the club’s manager in 2018.

The Norwegian spent 11 seasons playing for the Red Devils and his goal against Bayern Munich won the club the Champions League in the treble winning season.

He was appointed as caretaker in December 2018 after Jose Mourinho was sacked, winning 14 of his first 19 games in charge and before taking over permanently as Manchester United’s manager in March 2019.

Solskjaer has since been criticised for his results, with the club fifth on the Premier League table and almost through to the quarter-final stage of the Europa League prior to the suspension of the league due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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However, Schmeichel believes Solskjaer has been efficient with the resources at his disposal.

Schmeichel speaking in an Instagram Live chat with CNN Sport’s Amanda Davies said: “I think he’s done a tremendous job. I think he’s far exceeded my expectations on what could be done in a relatively short period of time, it has to be said,”

“Basically what he’s taken over is six years of too many different directions. He’s taken over players that were with Sir Alex (Ferguson), he’s taken over players that were with (David) Moyes and Louis Van Gaal and then (Jose) Mourinho.

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“And all of them are different. They’re different in their approach, their different in the players they like. So he’s not really had an opportunity to build what he wants but he has. I think he has been helped by circumstances for absolutely sure but he’s given opportunities to players who you always thought that they were good, they could do the job. But because of the lack of patience or understanding of the players ability.”

Solskjaer would be hoping to lift his first trophy as manager for the club this season, with the Red Devils in the race for the FA Cup and Europa league titles.

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