Manchester United’s 2-2 draw against Aston Villa came at a crucially bad time for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Pressure has been ramping up on the Norwegian since Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham.
It’s sacking season in the Premier League, with Arsenal also firing Unai Emery last week.
Mauricio Pochettino’s availability left Solskjaer in need of results and he has been unable to find them.
He put so much work into re-shaping United’s defence this summer and ignored the midfield. It hasn’t worked.
United’s midfield has been exposed as being far too thin and lightweight, and the defence has conceded five in the last two league games.
With games against Tottenham and Manchester City upcoming, pressure is intensifying. He needed a win to build some momentum.
Solskjaer has enjoyed a lot of benefit of the doubt from the media buying into his rebuild, but these comments from journalists Sam Pilger and Andy Mitten highlight how the tide of opinion is turning against him.
Solskjaer’s comments don’t help
Solskjaer expressed some frustration in his post-game comments to ManUtd.com and sounds like a man running out of ideas.
Comments made after the game about the league table and Andreas Pereira, reported by BBC’s Simon Stone, don’t portray him well.
The league table should be everything to Solskjaer right now. United are too casual about dropping points and giving away leads.
United are 22 points behind Liverpool. It’s embarrassing to be that far back at this stage of the season.
We currently sit down in ninth. It’s not transition at Old Trafford, it’s regression.
His defence of Andreas Pereira’s display felt very repetitive, pointing to his age, even though the midfielder is now 24.
United need to stop the excuses, start taking the league table seriously, and getting results.
This felt like it could be the beginning of the end for Solskjaer.
It’s reactionary, and a win over Tottenham this week could change everything, as would a victory away at City. Win just one and it will be significant.
Lose both of them, and it could all be over. Calls for an available Mauricio Pochettino are growing louder.
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