Manchester United’s defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League has piled more pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but Paul Merson thinks he knows the major flaw the Norwegian is currently battling to keep his job.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to avoid falling into regular spates of bad form to keep his job at Old Trafford, according to Paul Merson.
The Red Devils are currently in something of a rut, and were beaten 2-1 on Wednesday by Istanbul Basaksehir to pile even more pressure on Solskjaer.
So with rumours flying around about a potential replacement, Arsenal legend Merson thinks he knows how Solskjaer can turn things around at United.
“Solskjaer will be under severe pressure. Let’s be honest, this is Manchester United, the biggest club in world football, and where they are in the league is not acceptable,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“It’s not like only two or three games have gone. And not only that, the performances have been poor.
“The way they capitulated against Tottenham, Arsenal weren’t great but did a job on them. United looked lost, and then they went to Istanbul, who are not a top European team, and they have been beaten.
“If Solskjaer gets to Saturday [away at Everton], it will be the biggest game of his managerial career so far, if he gets to Saturday.
“(Mauricio) Pochettino was on Sky Sports on Monday. It all comes down to timing. Managers go on Sky because they want to be seen, and then people say, ‘I forgot Pochettino was out of a job’.
“I’m not saying Manchester United will say that, but fans and people do and it [the rumours] get going.
“If you look at Solskjaer’s record, he goes on streaks of six or seven wins, but then he could go four or five games without winning.