BRYAN ROBSON: It was embarrasing but Manchester United must STICK with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer… there is no suitable replacement for the Norwegian, who needs to change his system
- Manchester United were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday
- The Red Devils were dominated from the first minute by their bitter rivals
- Many believe that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should no longer be in charge
This was embarrassing but you can’t say it hasn’t been coming. The pressing game that United have tried to adopt just isn’t working. The players are not adjusting to whatever Ole is asking them to do and the system needs to change.
The best performances from this team in recent seasons have come from being compact, strong defensively and hitting teams on the counter attack.
But it’s not the time to sack Ole. I do believe he will keep his job.
It’s easy to clamour for the manager to go after such a painful defeat but change now causes more upheaval.
The club have found that changes every couple of years just don’t work and who do you replace him with? I’m not sure there’s a candidate who can make such a significant difference without causing major disruption again.
We have to accept Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are still a way ahead of us. That gap, for me, would close if we changed our system.
Harry Maguire has apologised on behalf of the players and they will have to regroup and admit they have to work a damn sight harder.
To be a Manchester United player isn’t just about winning the odd game, it’s about winning trophies and if you can’t do that then you’re just talking the talk. There’s no room for talk any more — this needs actions.
Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t the issue. He’s come with a passion to win trophies and it’s up to his team-mates to show they are up to the task too. It must be a watershed moment for United.