In his playing days, Solskjaer made over 350 appearances for Manchester United in one of the club’s most successful eras under Sir Alex Ferguson and scored the winner in the 1999 Champions League final to help the Red Devils win Europe’s top competition for the second time.

 

In his first two full seasons as manager of Manchester United, Solskjaer has guided the Red Devils to top four finishes each time, but his appointment has not yet managed to reap a trophy for the club.

 

 

Onuoha speculated that Solskjaer’s legendary status from his playing days has ensured there is minimal backlash from the fans towards the Norwegian.

 

The former defender added that he thinks Solskjaer represents a Manchester United identity that the fans do not want to let go of.

 

 

Onuoha told ESPN FC: “I think the fact that he is a legend at the club, I think that is buying him time.

 

“Especially at this moment in time when fans are protesting against the ownership and so on and obviously fans are disappointed, but I don’t know how many will be saying you know, ‘Solskjaer has to go, Solskjaer has to go’, because they’re still kind clinging in some ways to an identity that exists within him.”

 

 

With the defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League final in midweek, Manchester United’s search for a first trophy under Solskjaer continues.