Manchester United can only improve on the pitch if they replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills. Solskjaer has come under pressure since Sunday’s 6-1 demolition by Tottenham at Old Trafford. United have lost their opening two Premier League matches of the season at home.
Mills thinks the buck stops with Solskjaer and says sacking the Norwegian is what executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward needs to do.
Mills said on talkSPORT: “What can Manchester United do right now to change what they’re doing on the pitch? The only thing you can do is change the manager.
“Let’s say Leeds lose their manager right now, [Marcelo] Bielsa goes, he’s had enough, he walks out.
“Okay, who do I want to replace him? You start looking at the names and you go: ‘[Jose] Mourinho, yes, Pep [Guardiola] yes, [Jurgen] Klopp, yes, [Carlo] Ancelotti, yep, Brendan Rodgers, yep, David Moyes, probably, Frank Lampard, yes, [Mikel] Arteta, yes’.
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“And then you start to think about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – not convinced.
“He’s half way down the list at least and that’s without the likes of [Mauricio] Pochettino coming into the mix, people who are out of a job right now.
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“So the only thing you can change at Manchester United to improve them and improve the mentality, is the manager.
“He’s not necessarily a bad coach but he’s inexperienced at this level and he looks out of his depth at times.”
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Meanwhile, former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy says it is only a matter of time before Solskjaer loses his job.
“I think the problem at United is right through the club, and I feel for Ole, because ultimately he will pay for it with his job,” Cundy said.
“This may well be the beginning of the end, you can’t get pumped like that, have a performance like that and not [think or talk about that].
“The club itself has lurched since Sir Alex [Ferguson] left. We’ve never felt real genuine direction from the club and that’s got to come from above.
“I think the club is a mess from top to bottom and you can point the finger in many different directions.
“But that performance, that’s a sackable performance. That’s worrying for what we saw from Manchester United.
“He will go at some stage, I can’t see how that’s going to be turned around, but whoever comes in next, they’re going to have the same problems.
“Jose left with similar problems. I don’t think the club itself is supporting the manager at all.”
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