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Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes must be ABANDONED if Solskjaer wants to save Man United’s job

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likes to talk about Manchester United’s DNA.

It’s a bit of an old cliché – United don’t have the exclusive copyrights to comebacks and exciting football, but if Solskjaer believes it exists, now is the time to lean a bit on the bravery that is supposed to be part of it. .

Solskjaer, the United manager, is in a mess, a hole so big that only immediate results seem to save him.

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to come out with a fight, then the downfall of underperforming Portuguese stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes should be considered.

If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to come out with a fight, then the downfall of underperforming Portuguese stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes should be considered.

To get some, the Norwegian may have to change. You may have to make big and bold decisions.

What do they say about the definition of insanity? Something about doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

That has been Solskjaer’s season so far. Send roughly the same players to play the same way and expect it to work, even when signs say it won’t.

So now is the time to change, to think clearly and original, to really train and make some decisions that may not be to the liking of some players.

There are a host of coaches at Old Trafford, but it’s tempting to wonder what they do.

Solskjaer has been seen as a man with no ideas and now faces real calls to be fired

Solskjaer has been seen as a man with no ideas and now faces real calls to be fired

Solskjaer has been seen as a man with no ideas and now faces real calls to be fired

Two of them, Mike Phelan and Michael Carrick, were top-tier midfielders, but you wouldn’t know that by watching United play. United’s defense was disastrous against Liverpool, but it is from midfield that this red disease spreads.

It is a department that does not offer protection to the Solskjaer team. It has all the solidity of wet cardboard.

Solskjaer has had his team in a 4-2-3-1 formation for a long time. It allows you to bring four of the most talented attacking players in the Premier League to the field. But it has stopped working.

United play Tottenham on Saturday and instead of heading to London simply hoping that Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and others can help his team beat Spurs, Solskjaer must prepare his team not to lose.

When a soccer team is in trouble, the best route out of the dark often lies in what you do without the ball. A clean sheet would help United, for example. They have only managed one in their last 21 games.

With this in mind, can Solskjaer select an additional midfielder this weekend at the expense of one of his four forwards? Maybe.

Adding, for example, Nemanja Matic to Sunday’s midfielder pair of Fred and Scott McTominay and asking Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood to play less expansively on both sides and deeper than a center forward doesn’t sound like the worst idea.

To do that, something has to give, so if you are Solskjaer, who do you leave out? Ronaldo? Fernandes? Both of them? To some United supporters, that will sound like heresy.

But, if you’re going to put more emphasis on solidity, pick a team that doesn’t open up so easily, then a center forward like Edinson Cavani will at least allow you to stretch the game and present a goal for the ball when you hit it.

Edinson Cavani's return would help United stretch the game and aim for a big goal

Edinson Cavani's return would help United stretch the game and aim for a big goal

Edinson Cavani’s return would help United stretch the game and aim for a big goal

Does Solskjaer dare to leave Ronaldo out? Recently in the league, he can. Ronaldo was terrible at Leicester and not much better against Liverpool. And it would be a great substitute.

In reputation it is more difficult. If he drops the golden boy and loses at Spurs, then it could serve as his last act as United manager.

But, if your team continues on its current trajectory, it won’t survive long anyway.

Now is the time for the United manager to at least roll a few dice, to throw a few different cards on the table. Alone, it should be emphasized, for a game, just to try and break the pattern.

Good managers are able to select bespoke equipment to produce bespoke performances. Coincidentally, Solskjaer’s predecessor at United, José Mourinho, was once very good at it. Solskjaer, by contrast, has become wildly predictable, as has his team.

Solskjaer has had good backing at United and was able to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, but the results have gone from bad to worse this season.

Solskjaer has had good backing at United and was able to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, but the results have gone from bad to worse this season.

Solskjaer has had good backing at United and was able to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, but the results have gone from bad to worse this season.

On Sunday, Gary Neville said on television that defense should be part of the culture at every major club. It should be something to be proud of. Clean sheets matter.

Granting goals hurts. Not only in games, but also in training. It’s hard to imagine there are many constructive arguments on United’s training ground.

There are too many players for whom there is no danger. Come on the weekend, they know they are playing.

Solskjaer must think hard about changing that now. Time to be brave, time to be selfish. It is one thing to lose your job and quite another to lose it without doing absolutely anything to try to save yourself.

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