Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unlucky that Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel are the best in the world. They set the bar extremely high and compared to them Solskjaer is lower.
He has qualities and has done a lot of good things at United; It has helped them to progress, to be more pleasing to the eye and to be close to winning the silver medal.
But, after three years, the fan base and the hierarchy want more than that. They demand trophies and I don’t think Solskjaer can compete with his rivals tactically or making important decisions in the management of men.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just doesn’t cope with his rival Premier League coaches
The likes of Pep Guardiola (right) and Jurgen Klopp (left) are in another league to Solskjaer
I don’t think Tuchel, Klopp or Guardiola will lose too much sleep thinking about keeping the players happy. They have a clear mind to do what is best for the team. Pep has talked about leaving out Raheem Sterling and John Stones, he doesn’t consume it. Klopp sanctioned the sale of Philippe Coutinho, controversial at the time, because the Brazilian did not fit into the bigger picture.
Tuchel reacted to a losing streak at Chelsea earlier this season by picking eight defensive players and leaving a host of big names on the bench because he wanted to win again. That’s the ruthless mindset Ole needs to find, but we haven’t seen it yet and may never see it.
United had an incredible distance run before the Leicester game and that takes character. But they have lost the fear factor at Old Trafford, where opponents get much of the ball and find it easy to score.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has shown the cruelty that is lacking with Solskjaer at United
Even when United play Fred and Scott McTominay in midfield, they don’t get enough help from the four players in front of them. It may not be the laziness of the wide open players and Bruno Fernandes, but rather a lack of leadership on the part of the management.
Players must be aware of their duties and understand that there are consequences if they do not follow instructions.
David Silva was world class when Guardiola arrived at City, but his stats still soared in terms of pressure, recovering the ball and distance traveled. The same happened with Sergio Agüero. He realized that if he didn’t fit in with the new philosophy, he wouldn’t be playing games.
At United, there are too many in the comfort zone. Until there are more repercussions for bad performances, they are going to have problems. Tuchel, Klopp and Guardiola would make United more competitive with the players Solskjaer has to choose from.
Too many players are in their comfort zone at United and the team needs more guidance.
Normally calm, he showed some excitement after Atalanta with a little comment to the fans who booed at halftime. It was a sign that he was under pressure, but I don’t think venting is necessarily a bad thing, the fans like to see that passion.
His main concern will be to achieve a balance on the field. I suspect he would like to play a more pragmatic type of football to generate results, but that is not perceived as United’s style. So he’s caught between a rock and a hard place.
WAS A POINT OF TURN ATTACKED?
The midweek victory over the Italians is an indication of the ups and downs that United fans can expect. There will be some wonderful games at Old Trafford and some really disappointing ones.
Every match is like a cup final right now, a FIFA console game. They have wonderful creative players who score brilliant goals but are vulnerable on defense. It can be exciting, but Solskjaer doesn’t know what he’s going to achieve.
United games are exciting, but the team needs balance and depends too much on people.
His problem is trying to accommodate his attacking players without losing the balance of the team.
Right now, United are relying on individual brilliance to get them out of trouble.
Solskjaer wants to please fans with United’s style of play because he understands tradition. It will lead to dramatic nights like Atalanta, but it is not conducive to winning big competitions. United finishing in the top four or reaching the semi-finals is not enough.
IS SIGNING RONALDO A MISTAKE?
Error is the wrong word because he is a better scorer than anyone else, but his presence creates more problems than it solves.
United scored a lot without him and Ronaldo’s arrival has impacted playing time for others. Mason Greenwood would have had more time as a center forward, which would have allowed Jadon Sancho to play more on the right wing and lie down better than he has.
Ronaldo has been brilliant for United but his presence creates more problems than it solves
Defensively, United’s problems would exist with or without Ronaldo due to the way they prepared with four attacking-minded players not doing enough off of possession.
While I can see the romantic and business appeal of hiring Ronaldo, the team would have benefited more from hiring a world-class defensive midfielder because they already have Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Sancho as attacking options.
WHAT SHOULD THE PLAN AGAINST LIVERPOOL BE?
Solskjaer has played Liverpool in the past, once playing split forwards and getting Rashford to cause trouble for Trent Alexander-Arnold, but given United’s defensive mess right now, he would keep things simple and match Liverpool on everything. field.
That means playing 4-3-3 and making sure all three midfielders, including Bruno Fernandes or Paul Pogba, if selected, do the defensive part of the game rather than float as 10. It’s important for United not to be outclassed.
Solskjaer should keep things simple against Liverpool and match their formation 4-3-3
That way, the key is for United players to win their individual battles. It’s not complicated. Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s job is to stop Sadio Mane, Luke Shaw’s job is to stop Mo Salah. At the other end, Rashford, Sancho or whoever plays wide has to get beat up by Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.
By replicating Liverpool’s system and making sure they are not dominated in any area of the field, United makes it a uniform tactical battle, then it depends on the quality of the players, and United has that.
DOES POGBA DESERVE A NEW CONTRACT?
He has great ability and had a very good start to the season. But if United are going to build their attack around Bruno and Ronaldo, I don’t see any point in keeping Pogba on a great new contract and then using him as a secondary player.
We have seen against good rivals, Bruno and Pogba together in midfield does not really work. If you play Pogba wide to put it on, you sacrifice one of your talented wingers.
Also from Pogba’s point of view, why would he want to continue at Old Trafford when he’s being diverted from one position to another? It would make sense to all parties for him to leave because he’s not going to be one of the main men and he’s too talented to be used in cameos.
There is no doubt that Pogba has great ability, but it does not make sense that he is a secondary player.
THE MYSTERY OF VAN DE BEEK
Who buy it? Was it a bit of PR because he was one of the few household names available at the time?
Sometimes you sign a player and when he shows up, he doesn’t check the boxes you expected. But this has seemed like a particularly odd buy from the start because his favorite position is where Bruno Fernandes plays and he’s not that great, so why invest £ 35 million?
We don’t have enough evidence to decide whether Van de Beek can do a job, he has played infrequently. He looks neat and tidy without a lack of effort, but inevitably his confidence will have suffered from joining a new club that he doesn’t seem to like.
Donny van de Beek hasn’t checked any of Manchester United’s boxes and needs a move
WHY SUCH A SLOW START FOR SANCHO?
The arrival of Ronaldo has not helped him, because it has restricted his opportunities in his favorite position, and Greenwood also has to play wide. I don’t think being late to United after the Euro has helped.
The preseason at a new club is key and would have appeared the moment I signed. If that means there is no vacation, then there is no vacation.
Sancho did not play every minute of Euro 2020, so it was surprising that he started training later than other England players and was therefore not ready to start the first Premier League match.
It feels like he’s been trying to catch up ever since. My best seasons as a player always came after a proper preseason.
Sancho’s opportunities have been restricted but he is still young and needs more support
In his defense, he is young and when you go to a club like United you need help and guidance.
He has a good role model at Rashford on how to deal with things. Rashford had been out for a while due to his shoulder injury, but his performances in the past week were full of intensity and intention.
He was saying to the coach: ‘If I’m in shape, you have to play with me.’
Sancho may have a different personality, but somehow he has to incorporate a little more of that ‘I’ll show you’ into his game and start to impose himself.