‘It’s a team of individuals, everyone wants to be the star man’: Micah Richards says he feels sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, even though he’s ‘out of his league’ … and signing Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t help
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting to save his position as Manchester United manager
- Members of the club’s hierarchy held crisis talks after the Liverpool beating
- But Micah Richards believes the Norwegian is managing a team of individuals.
- Sportsmail columnist believes that the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo did not help the club
Micah Richards admits he feels sorry for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and criticizes his side as “a team of individuals.”
Sportsmail He understands that the Norwegian is struggling to save his post, with sources offering lukewarm support on Monday night, more than 24 hours after the humiliating 5-0 loss to Liverpool.
The former striker is currently in his third full season as United manager, but inconsistency has led him to seventh in the Premier League, eight points behind leaders Chelsea.
Micah Richards (left) admits he feels sorry for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right)
Norwegian struggles to save his place at Old Trafford after United’s defeat of Liverpool
It comes after a summer in which the Old Trafford club brought Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club, as well as signing Jadon Sancho for £ 73 million from Borussia Dortmund.
But talking to BBC Radio 5 Live Monday Night Club, Sportsmail Columnist Richards insists that his participation in a team that already includes Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood has caused an imbalance.
“It’s a team of individuals, not a collective,” Richards said.
They all want to be the star man, instead of doing the basics of soccer, like running and tackling. If you are bringing Ronaldo, what is your style of play?
Richards believes that the summer signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has not helped Solskjaer find his balance
Solskjaer also has players like Jadon Sancho (R) and Marcus Rashford (L) to choose from.
‘Ronaldo is available so you think’ ‘catch him’ ‘but you try to fit in Fernandes, Pogba, Sancho, Rashford and Greenwood too, so where is the balance?
‘Get some people behind Ronaldo to do your job if that’s what you want to do. Solskjaer said they would play with the front foot, but against Liverpool they will knock you out, as they did.
‘Get back in shape with two defensive midfielders to defend, full-backs and play on the counter.
“United are not as good as Manchester City, Liverpool or Chelsea, so defend in depth and do what you are good at, they need to get back to basics.”
Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is considered the leading candidate to replace Solskjaer on the United bench if he is fired.
Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is considered the main candidate to replace Solskjaer
Presidents Joel and Avram Glazer held crisis talks with Executive Vice President Ed Woodward and Managing Director Richard Arnold about the future of Solskjaer on Monday.
Sportsmail He also understands that senior players are now questioning Solskjaer’s tactics and leadership over concerns that he lacks the experience to get out of trouble and is too soft on them.
And Richards believes the Norwegian, who scored 126 goals and won six Premier League titles and a Champions League crown in his days as a player at the club, is facing a losing battle because he is “a little out of his mind. scope”.
“He has such legendary status at the club so it will always be difficult when things come to this,” added Richards.
“ It has to depend on the coach and some of the things were basic and ridiculous mistakes. They don’t know when to push or when to sink in and Ole doesn’t seem to know what to do.
They need to back him up and say he will go until the end of the season or bring someone else.
“ I feel sorry for him, looking at a person who has this legendary status but who seems a little out of reach. If that can’t be resolved, they should move on. ‘
Some reports have suggested that Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, and former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane are on a four-player roster with Conte drawn up by the United hierarchy.
Solskjaer spent two and a half hours in training ground around lunchtime Monday after giving his team and coaching staff the day off, but his team is expected to train in Carrington on Tuesday.
Executive Vice President Ed Woodward (center) participated in crisis talks Monday