Paul Ince stands by controversial Solskjaer comments

Paul Ince maintains he could have done what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has at Manchester United .

Solskjaer is yet to taste defeat as United boss and Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Leicester took them into fifth in the Premier League.

Ince was criticised after claiming on BT Sport’s Saturday Morning Savage show this week that ‘anyone’ could have done the job.

"I think I could have gone in at the time. They needed someone to rest the ship, I think I could have done that," he said.

"Brucie (Steve Bruce) could have done it, Mark Hughes could have done it."

Ince, who was last in charge of Blackpool in 2014, stands by his comments but insists they were not meant to be disrespectful towards his former teammate.

"My argument was that it was easy for whoever came in after that to right the ship, and lift the players and the dressing room – and put the whole club back on track," he said on Match of the Day 2.

"When I said anyone could have come in and done the same, I did not mean to be disrespectful to Ole."

Ince went on to insist the Norwegian should not be handed the job on a permanent basis.

"With his results, he has then taken it on to the next level too – but even that improvement does not mean he is the right man to get the job in the summer," he added.

"I have got absolutely nothing against Ole, but when I look at teams who have done something similar, and given permanent jobs to interim managers who turned things around in a short space of time, not many of them have lasted very long."

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