Manchester United was backed by cutting ties with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the end of the Premier League season, as it was alleged that the Norwegian would pay the price for the club’s poor recruitment in the summer. Ed Woodward and the United Council failed to hit Solshire’s major goals, including Jadon Sancho, despite having five major deals.
United have signed Donnie Van de Beek, Alex Tillis, Edinson Cavani, Facundo Pelletri and Amad Traore this summer, but none have attended Sancho, Jack Grealish, Dayot Obicano or Nathan Ack, who are said to have been Solshire’s priority goals.
After suffering two defeats in his first three Premier League matches in the new season, outside pressure has already increased on Solskjaer.
The 47-year-old coach’s side lost 6-1 at Old Trafford at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur before the international break.
They look to regain their balance today against Newcastle, but Danny Murphy does not expect Solskjaer to be in the hot seat at Old Trafford any longer.
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But the former Liverpool midfielder believes it was the failures of the Woodward and Solskjaer presidents that would ultimately lead to his downfall.
“Manchester United had a very shaky start to the season and I don’t see them qualify for the Champions League this season,” said Murphy-turned-football critic on the Index Football podcast.
“I don’t expect Solskjaer to survive this season as a manager for Manchester United. I love Solskjaer, but the recruitment has let him down and I expect him to pay the price.
“I think the team’s balance is not right from a defensive standpoint and it is very easy to play against them. Their captain Harry Maguire seemed to be below his best and clearly suffering from distraction off the field.
“even in [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka looks like the shadow of the player we saw stepping in for the club last season. [Paul] Pogba and [brunp] Fernandez are creative and exciting talents, but with both of them in midfield I think he leaves a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of others to cover.
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“They simply won’t be competitors while conceding goals as they do.
“Manchester United had an unbelievable second half of the season last year and they did well to secure a third place in the Champions League. I wonder if a few players have started believing their noise and this has given them poor performances this season.
“I think they need to get back to the playing field and show the desire to defeat their opponents again.”
Murphy believes United have squandered the summer, although he insists he has not understood the “obsession” with Borussia winger Dortmund Sancho.
The 20-year-old was Solskjaer’s first goal but United was unable to agree a deal with Dortmund, who wanted 108 million pounds for the England international player.
“The summer transfer window was a big missed opportunity for Manchester United and you feel that they have lost the momentum they worked so hard to build at the end of last season,” Murphy said.
“Poor hiring for Manchester United compares to Liverpool and they couldn’t be different in the way they could spot players and close good deals.
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“I didn’t understand the obsession with signing Jadon Sancho. He’s a great player but it looks like a deal will never happen.
They should have moved on to other goals. [Donny] Van de Beek is an interesting signature and he’s a good midfielder but again I don’t think it solves any of the club’s problems.
“I find the striker’s situation very strange as well. If this is an area Manchester United want to reinforce, why haven’t they shortlisted players to go after it?
“And if Cavani is the one needed, why shouldn’t he sign with him weeks in advance so that he can prepare for the new season and be ready to start the new campaign?
“I love Cavani and feel it can work well, but it was clearly a sign of panic.”
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