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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United manager came up short but players should take a long, hard look at themselves

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Ronaldo, De Gea, Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho, Rashford, Pogba – it is a formidable squad that Solskjaer has been unable to forge into the kind of team that United fans expect.

The most inevitable decision in football has finally been made.

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will always be one of their own at Old Trafford – the super-sub who famously clinched the 1999 Champions League final in the dying seconds.

 

They have stuck with him as their manager for longer than many expected but has been sacked after coming up short – this though isn’t just about one man.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pic: AP
Solskjaer’s players have failed to deliver on the sum of their talents. Pic: AP

His Manchester United players should be taking a long, hard look at themselves.

It’s a side that this summer added Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the world’s best player, to their already talented and hugely expensive playing staff.

No amount of apologies in their much-maligned social media posts can hide the basic fact – they’ve failed to deliver on the sum of their talents.

 

The humiliation of a 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool last month was probably the lowest ebb.

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes
Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes are two of Manchester United’s biggest names
Manchester United lost 4-1 to Watford on Saturday
United lost 4-1 to Watford on Saturday, and were beaten 5-0 by Liverpool last month

While the players must shoulder a big chunk of the blame, the backdrop of the civil war between some sections of the United fanbase and the Glazer family who own the club hardly helps.

The Glazers have started taking steps to try and build bridges with supporters this season – but it’s a long, hard road particularly when it is going so badly wrong on the pitch.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pictured after scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich. Pic: AP
Solskjaer pictured after scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich. Pic: AP

Old Trafford demands better. Moyes, Giggs (briefly), van Gaal, Mourinho and now Solskjaer have all tried to emulate the success Sir Alex Ferguson brought to Manchester United.

Nobody has yet pulled it off.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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