With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at Previous Trafford as perilous because it has ever been, Paul Merson asks how he hasn’t been sacked after Sunday’s “embarrassing” 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, earlier than calling on Manchester United’s gamers to offer some much-needed reduction for his or her supervisor.
Sunday’s humbling, humiliating defeat by Liverpool shook the foundations of Solskjaer’s tenure at Manchester United to its very core and requested critical questions of his long-term suitability as supervisor.
Many anticipated the damaging outcome to spell the tip of the Norwegian’s three-year spell within the Previous Trafford sizzling seat however Solskjaer stays, for now, and is tasked with arguably the best revival venture of his managerial profession.
In his newest Sky Sports activities column, Merson dismisses strategies Solskjaer ought to have walked away from Manchester United within the wake of the loss to Liverpool however highlights obtrusive deficiencies which proceed to hamper his reign, earlier than calling on the gamers to begin relieving the stress on their beleaguered supervisor…
A defeat like no different
I’ve by no means seen a outcome prefer it earlier than. Nothing compares to this outcome, nothing. I used to be embarrassed. It wasn’t watch.
Manchester United versus Liverpool, the largest recreation on the planet, the largest recreation in United’s season, they usually misplaced it by a rustic mile.
I do not like seeing any supervisor get the sack however Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be very lucky to nonetheless be in a job. He is as fortunate as you’ll be able to change into as a supervisor.
I do not care what anyone says but when every other supervisor at every other membership in Europe misplaced 5-0 at residence to your greatest rivals, the supervisor is gone. If Chelsea or Arsenal misplaced 5-0 at residence to Tottenham, the supervisor would do effectively to nonetheless be there on the Monday morning.
Manchester United have gained only one Premier League recreation in 5, that simply is not acceptable, and but the supervisor has nonetheless received a job. I do not know what is going on on on the membership.
Solskjaer’s Man Utd a soft-touch
The worrying factor is that after three years Solskjaer clearly does not know what his greatest staff is.
They broke the financial institution to go and get a participant for £70m in Jadon Sancho, he does not play. They have a participant in Paul Pogba, who they’ve sweated to maintain, and he did not begin the largest recreation of the season.
I’ve mentioned it earlier than, and I will say it once more – Manchester United usually are not a staff, they’re a gaggle of people. They’ve let in 11 targets within the final three video games, 4 at Leicester, two towards Atalanta, and 5 at residence to Liverpool. A staff like Manchester United should not be letting in that variety of targets over chunk of the season, however that simply reveals the place they’re for the time being.
There is no such thing as a form or sample, if United rating a aim it is virtually as in the event that they stumbled over it and it got here from nowhere. As Manchester Metropolis and Chelsea, and Liverpool in devastating style at Previous Trafford on Sunday, have proven, they have a plan.
Enjoying towards Manchester United is simply too good for the time being, that simply should not be the case. I performed at Previous Trafford quite a lot of instances and got here off the sphere considering we would performed effectively however having misplaced. Groups now are shocked in the event that they lose! Each staff has an opportunity once they go to Previous Trafford.
Earlier than United’s current demise all began, I watched the Newcastle recreation on Soccer Saturday and the sport was within the steadiness. I bear in mind telling Jeff Stelling it was a ‘heads-or-tales recreation’. That was towards a Newcastle facet who’re second backside of the Premier League. The warning indicators have been there then.
Ought to Solskjaer stroll?
Folks say Solskjaer ought to stroll away from Manchester United. Come on, he is not going to stroll away.
It is a as soon as in a lifetime job, it’d like turning down the England job, one thing you simply could not do. In the event you’re the supervisor of the largest membership on the planet you can not stroll away, this job won’t ever come once more.
I do not know Solskjaer personally, however you actually felt for him on Sunday as a result of you recognize he’s a very nice man. When some managers lose like that it does not actually imply something, however Solskjaer simply appears so good.
Even after the sport he fronted up, took accountability for selecting the staff and also you simply thought he was superb as a result of quite a lot of different managers would have thrown their gamers beneath the bus.
Think about if Manchester United had misplaced 5-0 beneath Sir Alex Ferguson or Mourinho in that method, or if Liverpool had beneath Jurgen Klopp, all of these managers would have gone mad. It is all too good at Manchester United, and that’s useful for the gamers.
Time for gamers to repay Solskjaer’s religion
In a manner I really feel sorry for Solskjaer. Sure, he picks the staff, however it’s these gamers who’re getting crushed 5-0. They’re hiding behind the supervisor.
I used to be lucky to play in profitable groups, and I’ve performed in groups after we’ve struggled and have not gained issues, I wish to suppose the Manchester United gamers have referred to as a gathering between themselves, not with the supervisor.
Solskjaer has proven quite a lot of religion in quite a lot of gamers and they’re letting him down – massive time. That’s most likely the largest disgrace of all.
The gamers must name one another out and be trustworthy with themselves over their performances. As a participant you recognize if you stroll off a pitch should you’ve left every part on it, you simply know.
There are days if you come off having misplaced however can settle for that it simply wasn’t your day. I misplaced 6-2 at residence to Manchester United, Peter Schmeichel had an unbelievable recreation, shedding is a part of soccer.
However there are methods to lose soccer matches, and that efficiency from Manchester United on Sunday wasn’t one in all them.