United are turning to Champions League hero Solskjaer to take charge of the side until the end of the season after sacking Jose Mourinho.
But in doing so they open themselves up for criticism over whether they are already writing off the season and just getting someone in who would keep the fans happy.
There is nothing to suggest in Solskjaer's career in the dug-out that he has the ability, or deserves, to manage one of the world's biggest football clubs.
Ask anyone connected with Cardiff and they will tell you his reign in charge there was chaotic and doomed to failure.
In 25 league games in charge, Solskjaer managed just five victories – three from 18 in the Premier League.
When Vincent Tan kept faith with him after relegation, the Norwegian was backed with money to make ten signings and launch a push for an instant return to the top flight.
Seven games into the following season, Cardiff were 17th in the Championship and in disarray – leaving Tan little choice but to deliver the sack.
Molde in the Norwegian league looked an ideal place for him to get his career back on track and learn how to be a manager.
And in fairness he has done fairly well, winning 98 of his 183 league games in charge during his two spells in the role.
But alarmingly for a United side who have been shipping goals on a regular basis, Solskjaer has shown zero ability to foster a good defence.
In those 183 games in Norway, his side has conceded 222 goals – and that is a team who are one of the strongest in the country.
At Cardiff, 51 were let in over the 25 matches in charge, two goals per game.
His record throughout his career is for his team to concede an average of 1.31 goals every match.
And for a United side who have a goal difference of zero this season, that is hardly a record that inspires confidence things will improve.
The romantics around Old Trafford and the United fan base are loving his connection and history at the club as a player.
And they believe his understanding of the traditions is exactly what the misfiring side need as they languish in sixth place in the top flight.
But for fans of teams everywhere else, they are greeting the news with amusement – and puzzled as to how someone with such an average record can suddenly find himself in the hot-seat of one of the world's biggest clubs.
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