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Ian Wright takes aim at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United coaches after Liverpool horror show


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Manchester United’s defeat as his ‘darkest day’ in football (Picture: Getty)

Ian Wright believes OIe Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United’s coaching team should take responsibility for the side’s humiliating 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Naby Keita and Diogo Jota struck inside 13 minutes and Mohamed Salah completed a hat-trick as ten-man United suffered one of their most painful losses of the Premier League era on Sunday afternoon.

The gulf in quality was made abundantly clear in an embarrassingly one-sided affair at the Theatre of Dreams and Paul Pogba’s sending off on the hour-mark just added to the Red Devils’ woes.

Solskjaer appeared on the verge of tears as a referee Anthony Taylor blew the whistle at full-time and the Norwegian went on to describe the thrashing as his ‘darkest day’ in football, with United losing five of their last nine matches in all competitons.

The result means sixth-placed United trail league leaders Chelsea by eight points in the table ahead of their trip to Tottenham next weekend.

Reflecting on the clash, former Arsenal striker Wright told BBC’s Match of the Day: ‘This game was hyped up as one of the biggest in the world and rightly so because of the stature of the two clubs, but Liverpool are a million miles in front of Manchester United today.

‘I think that comes down to the way that they are coached if I am totally honest. 

‘It is chalk and cheese. You can listen to Ole, you can listen to Harry Maguire talking about taking the blame on themselves but the way they are playing is all over the place.’

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According to Wright, Solskjaer’s team selection mattered little given United hadn’t been coached properly in how to press.

‘It wouldn’t have mattered what midfield you put in there today, because for me they are not looking like they are coached to press,’ he added. 

‘So, it doesn’t matter if it is Pogba or if it is Fred or [Scott] McTominay. If you are going to sit off people and not go and close them down to win the ball to play it to people with pace like [Mason] Greenwood and [Marcus] Rashford then you will get mistakes from [Harry] Maguire and [Luke] Shaw – who we saw have unbelievable Euros. 

‘They were playing better. They were more coached. At the moment, they don’t look like they know what they are doing.’  

The ex-England forward highlighted how Liverpool’s entire starting XI appear confident of their individual roles in the team, even when Jurgen Klopp is forced into make changes.

‘Everybody knows what they’re doing in that team so when people come out or people come in, nothing changes,’ Wright went on.

‘We know what Liverpool are going to do. They’re going to close from the front and then from the back, [Jordan] Henderson and Keita they’re going to get in.’


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