Louis van Gaal criticises Man Utd's Solskjaer appointment as ex-boss questions club's 'old boys network'

LOUIS VAN GAAL fears Manchester United have made a huge error in not appointing an experienced boss and instead giving rookie Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a long-term deal.

And the former United chief reckons going down the "old boys' network" route of appointing a former fans' favourite is "not always a good choice".

Solskjaer, 46, was given the top job on a three-year deal in March after winning his first eight games in interim charge following Jose Mourinho's sacking.

But Van Gaal, has told the Guardian he was surprised at the decision.

However, he admits Solskjaer will get more time because the fans will be on his side.

He said: "As a good player, you’re not a good manager or you’re not a good technical director.

"It’s more or less what is happening now with Solskjaer, ex-players, old boys’ network. It’s not always a good choice. It can be, but it’s not always a good choice.

"I was very surprised he got it in spite of the winning run at the start.

"Because Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world that needs a manager with experience and not a manager who has trained at one or two teams and on a lower level."

United must spend big to refresh squad

Former Barcelona and Ajax boss Van Gaal, 67, was axed by United in 2016 in his second season in charge after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson's successor David Moyes.

He knows managers rarely get too much time in the job unless they enjoy success straight away.

Van Gaal added: "The trouble is that you cannot demand so much time. And the fans do not allow that.

"Also, with Solskjaer, they shall demand in spite of him being an ex-player. In the football world you have to deliver.

"However as an ex-player you always have more credit."

Van Gaal says United must spend heavily every year if they are to reduce the gap on Premier League champions Manchester City and Champions League winners Liverpool.

He added: "I think when you are a manager you have to refresh every year to keep the team-building process going."

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