Ole Gunnar Solskjær dismissed his misnomer “baby face” on Monday and savagely attacked anyone who dared to deviate from mass conformity. Much like José Mourinho before him with his exuberant praise for Scott McTominay’s “regular haircut”, Solskjær’s strange anecdote about the sacking of a transfer target for what they did to their hair shafts must convince Paul Pogba to sign a contract renewal at Old Trafford .

“I was with a player once and when he went out of the locker room or through the tunnel onto the field he had a Mohican. I was back in Norway that time,” Solskjær told Sky Sports. “I just said to my boy scout: ‘Let’s go home, not interested.’ Honest truth. That was a very short scouting tour. “

Perhaps this is the straightforward approach of a no-nonsense old school leader who always puts the collective before the individual, or perhaps it is a terrible example of affirmative bias, over-reliance on misguided personal beliefs, and illusory correlation (mohawk = bad attitude) where in fact there is no such relationship.

What exactly is a mohawk and why should a football manager be so afraid of it?

As for the word itself, it is a historical inaccuracy. While tribes of the Iroquois Confederation of northeast North America, including the Mohawk and Mohicans, wore a square of hair on the back of their heads, this was achieved by pulling small tufts of hair around the scalp over time.

The mohawk as we know it – with shaved sides and a stripe in the middle – was actually a staple of the Pawnee people who were historically located in Nebraska and Kansas. The Pawnee would over time become embroiled in a war with the Dakota, Lakota, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche, and Kiowa, which eventually resulted in many Pawnee warriors entering the U.S. as Indian scouts during the Great Plains War. Army enrolled.

The Mohawk would return in the 1940s during World War II. The 101st Airborne Division (“The Screaming Eagles”) served as the spearhead during D-Day and performed a night drop prior to the invasion. She was instrumental in the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of the Netherlands.

One of the most famous paratroopers in the 101st was the Choctaw descendant Jake McNiece, who received four bronze star medals, two Purple Hearts and the Legion of Honor from France. It was McNiece’s mother, who was a member of the Choctaw Nation herself, and said that the 101st might look as good as Native American warriors, having the same unbreakable fighting spirit and selfless valor.

The haircut also found its way into the Vietnam War, where green berets shaved their heads into a mohawk before “walking over the hill”. This was actually the inspiration for the mohawk that Robert De Niro’s character Travis Bickle played in the classic taxi driver in 1976.

Mr T., perhaps the most famous supplier of the mohawk lately, spoke to Harvard Crimson about the historical significance of the style.

“All right, let’s start with the hairstyle. People say, “Oh, Mr. T is about that hairstyle, why do you get this hairstyle, is that punk rock, is that mohawk, are you a mohawk? No, when they say that, I feel honored because I’m proud to be with the Mohican Indians and so on, but there is a tribe in Africa, the country of Mali, who wears their hair like that, that’s them called the Mandinke warriors.

“I’m following it through National Geographic magazine so you know they aren’t telling a lie. That wasn’t in People magazine, be better than your People magazine. But the hairstyle, like I said, is a mandinkle, you wear it here along.”

Be better than your people magazine, Mr Solskjær.

When a manager like Solskjær says something like that, he either has no idea what he is talking about or he is really worried that he is actually signing Travis Barker from Blink-182. But the mohawk is nothing more than the incendiary gesture it was at the height of the punk rock scene of the 70s and 80s, and it is certainly no longer the hairstyle of defiance that used to be the showpiece of a nonconformist.

“The mainstreaming of the mohawk is a real disappointment to the authentic punks who have always lived this lifestyle,” said photographer Ed Templeton, who has been portraying mohawk wearers around the world for 20 years. “Even the kids I see who are real punks there is an element of disguise.”

It’s ironic that the point of a Mohawk in punk is to say, “Yeah, look at me. Am I stupid for that? Isn’t it shocking? But that’s exactly the counterpoint I’m trying to convey: who’s the idiot when you’re the one to judge me and get shocked by hair? “It is entirely plausible that the Norwegian player tried to say:” Don’t judge me by my hair, but by my ability. ” – but Solskjær obviously did not get the message.

How concerned should Solskjær have been accidentally signing Johnny Rotten and ruining the team chemistry over a noticeably longer streak of hair? I would say Solskjær always has a better chance of ruining the spirit of the locker room itself.

If I were the manager of Molde I would be going in the opposite direction: “I was with a player once and when he walked out of the locker room he had a mohawk. I just said to my scout: ‘Let’s sign it, 100 percent interested. “That was a very short exploration trip.”

This is the team I would then assemble to defeat the bourgeoisie.

GK: David de Gea

LCB: Philippe Mexès

Philippe Mexes

CB: Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos

RCB: DeAndre Yedlin

Yedlin Mohawk

CDM: Raul Meireles


RCM: David Beckham

David Beckham

LCM: Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal

CAM: Marek Hamsik

Marek Hamsik

LW: Neymar

Neymar Mohawk

ST: Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

RW: Stephan El Shaarawy

Stephan El Shaarawy

Player Manager: Clint Mathis

Clint Mathis