Man Utd board already know Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not up to the job, claims Craig Burley


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were humiliated by Tottenham last weekend (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United’s board already knows Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not up to the job and will almost inevitably be sacked this season, according to former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley.

Solskjaer secured Champions League football after masterminding a third place finish and appeared to be building a revitalised team around the talents of academy graduates Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, as well as January recruit Bruno Fernandes.

United have started the new campaign with two heavy home defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham, while they enjoyed a highly fortuitous 3-2 win over Brighton a fortnight ago during which their opponents hit the woodwork on five occasions.

Poor results have been compounded by a failure to land any of Solskjaer’s top targets in the transfer window, but despite that significant setback Burley feels the United manager should be getting more out of the players he has at his disposal.

‘I think deep down they know they know he’s not going to be the man to lead this club and it’s a juggernaut of a ship it needs guidance all around and I’ve nothing against Solskjaer,’ said Burley.

Harry Maguire was particularly culpable during Man Utd’s 6-1 home defeat against Spurs (Picture: Getty)

‘I played against him, he’s a similar age to me, thoroughly honest and a decent guy.

‘But we are not judging individuals on their personality here, we are judging their ability to try and claw back a massive gap domestically and in Europe and that doesn’t just come from management.

‘But management is a huge part of it so I think the United board already know and they would be embarrassed and ashamed into making an early decision but results in the next two or three months might force their hands.

‘You’ve got a squad that’s disjointed at the moment we have a centre half we can’t even call it a pairing because we don’t know who the pairings are and their best centre-half Harry Maguire has his head up his backside at he moment and we have a manager who quite frankly I don’t think is up to the task.

‘They need a league win very, very soon they need to put a run together and that to me looks unlikely.’

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