Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ‘overwhelmed’ while Manchester United have been called a ‘mess’ for keeping the manager after a fourth loss in seven outings for the Red Devils below par.
The Red Devils were outscored by Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Saturday, as United’s 29-game unbeaten away streak ended abruptly in a 4-2 loss.
Paul Pogba insisted something ‘had to change’ as he challenged the club’s mentality with increasing pressure on Solskjaer, who was criticized for his poor start to the season – especially as more than £ 100million was spent on new players over the summer.
Already under fire ahead of this defeat, things don’t get any easier for the Red Devils as Atalanta arrives in the Champions League on Wednesday before Liverpool come to town next Sunday.
Trips to Tottenham and Atalanta follow before a home clash with Manchester City sends them to the November international break, with fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal later in the month.
Jamie O’Hara didn’t fire any punches as he assessed United’s recent form under the Norwegian manager, which he called “basic” and not good enough for a Champions League job.
But the former Premier League ace was harder on the United hierarchy, saying it was a ‘mess’ for the boss to handle despite his inability to deliver with a class of class players global.
And he also called the Red Devils a “team of desperation,” saying the lack of philosophy couldn’t be more evident from their performances as he wondered why the Old Trafford hierarchy continued to support the mediocrity.
“I’ve been saying this for weeks, months – Manchester United are a mess to keep the manager,” the former Tottenham midfielder told talkSPORT Breakfast.
“They have a world-class squad of players with a base manager who wouldn’t even get another Premier League job. I can’t believe they aren’t ruthless enough to say “okay, this is the time to do it”.
“They kept hanging on and hanging on. This season he [Solskjaer] even said more excuses with the team of players they have. Everyone said that.
“And right now they’re out of the title race, they’re not going to win the title this season, so they lost another season.
“These players like Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo are going to look at it thinking: ‘For god’s sake there are so many good players that we have and we should be doing so much better’, but they are everywhere!
“They are painful to watch. It’s actually painful to see such a good group of players playing so poorly.
“Any other manager, if it was Mourinho or Van Gaal, if anyone else was in this race, he would be shot.
“For some reason Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to be getting a free ride.
“They have a world class group of players, but an average manager who is no longer in his capacity.
“I don’t know why they’re clinging to something that will never work and never last.
“Even Pogba comes out and basically says the manager isn’t good enough.
“It’s desperation. Every time I watch Man United it is desperation.
“You look at Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea and you know exactly what you’re getting because their managers set them up a certain way.
“With Man United the only reason they get results is because they have great players, they don’t have a philosophy or a style, they don’t know what they’re doing!”
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