Manchester United legend Andy Cole has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Louis van Gaal’s jibe over his tactics in a recent interview.

As reported by Daily Mail, Andy Cole has jumped to the defence of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the wake of comments from Louis van Gaal over his tactics. The recently retired Dutch manager aimed a jibe at the newly appointed Manchester United boss, claiming that the Red Devils still park the bus under their Norwegian boss.

It has been quite a stirring three months for Manchester United under the reign of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the doom and gloom of Jose Mourinho’s days now a distant memory. From being in with a realistic chance of finishing in the Premier League top four to coming from behind to beat PSG in the UEFA Champions League, there have been a lot of positives on show.

Andy Cole has jumped to the defence of his former striker partner. (Photo by Alex Livesey /Allsport)

Andy Cole has jumped to the defence of his former striker partner. (Photo by Alex Livesey /Allsport)

What has especially been refreshing is the attractive brand of attacking football that Manchester United have played with under the tutelage of Solskjaer. And, the results, coupled with the beautiful football and the positive atmosphere that has been created in recent months have helped Solskjaer land the job on a full-time basis.

But, while widespread belief suggests that there has been a sea-change in the way Manchester United play their football, former manager Louis van Gaal recently begged to differ, claiming that the side still parks the bus under Solskjaer.

Club legend Andy Cole, however, has hit back at van Gaal. Speaking at the launch of the International Champions Cup in Cardiff, he also claimed that his former teammate deserves to be the permanent Manchester United manager.

“When I looked at what Louis said, I had a little chuckle. It all depends what you perceive to be attacking football. A lot of people would say, after what we’ve had over the past five years, this is a little bit more attacking than what we’ve been used to. I would give Ole the job. We all know this is possibly the most important appointment since Sir Alex left.”

The comments by Andy Cole do make sense, and the brand of football played under Solskjaer at least seems to have positively influenced the Manchester United board to hand the Norwegian the full-time job.

The Premier League heavyweights return to action this weekend on Saturday, when they host Watford, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be hoping to start his stint as the permanent boss starts on a high with a win.

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