Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not “big enough” to control Manchester United’s big egos, but the Old Trafford boss must have time because he “hasn’t lost the locker room,” it was said. talkSPORT.
By midweek, the Red Devils were set to concede a fifth defeat in eight games as they faced Atalanta in the Champions League.
They were booed by some fans as they dragged each other two goals behind at half-time, only for Solskjaer’s side to memorable return to Old Trafford and win 3-2.
Marcus Rashford marked his first start since the Europa League final and Harry Maguire hit home a leveler, setting up a box office finish that saw Cristiano Ronaldo score with a powerful header from center Luke Shaw.
However, United’s defensive weaknesses were once again evident to all and, despite their return, many pundits believe they could go into hiding at Old Trafford this weekend when they face Liverpool.
Solskjaer’s men have shown great courage and wit to strike back, but former Scotland international Chris Iwelumo worries he doesn’t have the managerial pedigree to control the big names when the going gets tough.
“It’s against the smaller Premier League clubs where these players don’t show up, that needs to be sorted out,” he told talkSPORT.
“We are talking about the pace of work and the work ethic. If you look at Man City where Aguero was flying, he never played like Guardiola wanted him to play, but he made those demands on him.
“He said, ‘I don’t care what you do, what your goals are, but you have to work.’
“Is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer big enough to control these egos?” I don’t think it is.
Despite his claims, Iwelumo insists the Norwegian needs time for his new team to freeze.
“You look at their team on paper, they should be competing, why aren’t they? “, he added.
“You saw in the first half against Atalanta that they created chances and could have put him to bed.
“One thing I will say is that he didn’t lose the locker room, the players are playing for him.
“They came out and in the second half they were exceptional.
“He recruited very well. [Jadon] Sancho, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Raphael] Varane. The quality is there and we cannot question the recruitment, so I think we have to give it time.
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