Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reviews Manchester City defeat
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to be under huge pressure, with senior members of his squad reportedly wanting him to be sacked. United are sixth in the Premier League, nine points behind leaders Chelsea after just 11 games of the season. They have won just one of their last six top-flight matches and have suffered comprehensive home defeats to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
The United board continue to be fully behind Solskjaer despite the hugely underwhelming start to the season.
The Norwegian was backed in the summer transfer window, with Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo all brought to the club.
However, many feel Solskjaer is not good enough to get the best out of his talented squad.
And now some experienced players in the squad are turning against the manager.
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Speaking on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast, Duncan Castles says “very senior” players feel a change is needed in order to achieve the club’s lofty targets.
“It’s actually amazing that he’s still in a job, given the results and the nature of the work he has done leading up to those results,” Castles said.
“Given the response of the dressing room, where there are now very senior members of the Manchester United squad briefing off record that they feel that the coach has to change if they are to achieve what they expect to be able to achieve with the quality of the squad they have gathered there.
“And remember, this is one of only two squads in the history of the game that have cost over €1bn of transfer commitments to put together.”
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United legends who used to be team-mates with Solskjaer have mostly stood by the 48-year-old.
But Rio Ferdinand recently said a change may be needed.
“He’s done actually what he’s been brought in to do,” Ferdinand said on his YouTube channel FIVE.
“He’s come in and given the fans hope again, made the fans want to come back and watch your team again.
“He’s done that. He has done a great job in that sense. But is he going to take us to win titles? Is he going to make us challenge to win a Champions League?
“You need the foundations that have been built to fall back on when you are lacking that confidence.
“When you’re thinking a five, a 10-yard ball that is normally easy becomes a difficult ball – the foundations get you through that. We (United) ain’t got that.
“The football club will be living here and breathing here longer than any individual. It’s what’s best for this football club.
“I just feel that maybe it might be time now for the baton to be handed over.
“Who can take us on now? And I think Ole would leave now with his head held high.”
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