Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been warned he must get tough with some players or risk getting the sack at the club. It comes in the wake of their disappointing 1-0 loss to Arsenal at Old Trafford – the first time in 14 years the Gunners have mustered a victory at the stadium. The result leaves the Red Devils 15th in the Premier League after six games.
United legend Gary Neville has bemoaned his former club’s transfer decisions while also warning Solskjaer that he must get tough on his players.
It comes after pressure ramped up on the Norweigan following another abysmal display at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils succumbed to a 1-0 loss at home against Arsenal, courtesy of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty.
Paul Pogba fouled Hector Bellerin in the box to allow the Gabon international to score from the spot and the home side could not muster any sort of reply.
It was a disjointed display from United – who just days ago showed a completely different style to their play after thumping RB Leipzig 5-0 at home in the Champions League.
But their domestic form has seen eyebrows raised, with the club yet to win at home in the Premier League.
And Neville has warned his former teammate that he cannot afford to be soft with anyone going into a crucial period of the season.
He said: “There’s more problems than solutions. You’ve got six midfield players at the club – Matic, Fred, Scott McTominay, Ferndnandes, van de Beek and Pogba – and you’ve got to somehow get them into a system, which is forcing Ole to play a diamond.
“I think there was an element today of thinking that he could just put any four players in that diamond and it would go and work after what happened in midweek. But McTominay on the right-hand side, it wasn’t working after five minutes.
“If you play on the right-hand side or left-hand side of that diamond, you’ve got to be comfortable moving out in that wide area. Wan-Bissaka is already a little bit awkward on the ball at right-back, so you need someone out there who can balance it out. And that balance on the right-hand side is a real problem.
“When Greenwood went off, it was even worse and obviously they wanted [Jadon] Sancho in the summer to play on that side and it looks like a really bad error in not getting that position recruited.”
“It’s all looking a bit scruffy at this moment in time and towards the end, I’m not even sure what shape United were playing, there were players everywhere, it ended up being a mess.”
“He’s got to pick a group of players, he might have to make some tough decisions, really tough decisions.
“I thought with his substitutions, it felt like probably Pogba needed to come off on that left-hand side and Rashford needed to go left, Cavani up top and Greenwood to the right.
“It didn’t feel like he wanted to take him [Pogba] off. McTominay should have come off as well. Did they really need McTominay and Matic on the pitch at the end?”
“You’re going to have to really upset a few, there’s eight weeks to go until the January transfer window. He’s going to have to be selfish.
“You mention about him not getting the players he wanted, but he’s got to make sure that he backs certain players and stays with them and then the ones he doesn’t want, he’s just got to maybe leave them out and not try and fit them all in at the moment.
“He’s trying to keep everybody happy, but he’s going to end up losing himself if he’s not careful.”
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