'Never': Carragher claims Manchester United man isn't even close to the levels of his Chelsea counterpart

Jamie Carragher insisted that two key figures at Chelsea and Manchester United were virtually incomparable because of their separate achievements.

Writing for the Telegraph, Carragher claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was miles behind Thomas Tuchel in terms of managerial status and accomplishment.

Tuchel has been in a Premier League job for almost two years less than Solskjaer, yet has won two more trophies.

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He claimed the Champions League final in May, mere months after taking over from Frank Lampard as the Blues boss.

The German secured a successive European crown by winning the UEFA Super Cup earlier this season.

His side are now on the quest for ultimate English top-flight glory, a pursuit that is currently going pretty well.

Ole wanna be ya

Meanwhile, United have stuttered and stumbled consistently since Solskjaer’s 2019 appointment.

They have lost four semi-finals under the former striker, and were beaten in last year’s Europa League final.

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Currently out of the top four and eliminated from one competition already this term, the Red Devils coach can only look on in envy at his opposite number.

“He’s done a good job at Manchester United,” said Carragher.

“But he’s never going to be at the level of the three managers he’s got to beat.”

Tuchel on top, Solskjaer down below

Alongside Tuchel, Solskjaer is also living in the shadow of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.

Liverpool and Manchester City have dominated the first division for nearly half a decade now, leaving United in their wake.

The last club to dent such dominance was Antonio Conte’s Chelsea back in 2016/17.   

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“He’s never going to be them,” continued Carragher by comparing Solskjaer’s equivalents.

“He’s never going to have that gravitas.

“He’s up against managers of two of the best teams we’ve seen but what intensifies the spotlight is Tuchel coming in.

“Chelsea were where United have been in the last two or three years but they brought in a manager who has taken them up to that Liverpool and City level really quickly.

“I like to listen to the managers talk after games. If I watch Chelsea, I’ll want to listen to what Tuchel has to say after it because I could take something from it.

“When Solskjaer speaks after games, it’s all about ‘the Man United way’. But what’s the Ole way?”

With the resources at his disposal, Solskjaer should be challenging the likes of Chelsea, City and Liverpool for every trophy available.

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But whilst United still look like a team of individuals, the other three act as an individual team.

Tuchel has pieced the puzzle together efficiently and the picture is very close to completion.

All that’s missing is the last corner part; the Premier League title.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.