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Man Utd will finish seventh if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lasts the season, says Darren Bent


Manchester United currently sit seventh in the Premier League table (Picture: Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United will finish seventh in the Premier League table if they stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season.

That’s the verdict of former Premier League striker Darren Bent, who fears if performances don’t improve then any of the top eight teams could take maximum points off them.

A humiliating 5-0 defeat at home to rivals Liverpool on Sunday has only increased speculation about Solskjaer’s tenure coming to an abrupt end with United currently seventh in the Premier League table, eight points behind leaders Chelsea.

For now, it seems he still has the backing of the board, but with the likes of former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte reportedly ready to take over, pressure is growing.

But should United continue to play under Solskjaer until the end of the campaign, they could miss out on Champions League football next term, says Bent.

‘Seventh. If they keep Solskjaer the whole season, honestly, seventh,’ Bent told talkSPORT when asked where the Red Devils could finish this season under the former Cardiff boss.

‘If they’re going to play the way they did against Liverpool and Atalanta, any of the top eight teams could beat them on any given day.’

Mo Salah ran riot against Manchester United’s defence on Sunday (Picture: Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Solskjaer’s team has been widely criticised for a lack of pressing and laziness when out of possession and their efforts against Liverpool saw them switch off on several occasions when trying to deal with their opponent’s attack.

Former Red Devil Paul Ince has recently called out Solskjaer’s failure to get the best out of his crop of talented players and Bent feels the manager needs to send out a clearer message of how he wants his players to play.

‘When you look at Liverpool, Chelsea, City, when they press from the front you can see there’s real intent to get the ball back,’ he said.

‘When I’ve watched United, certainly the last few games, there’s individuals going to press just to appease the fans, they’ve got absolutely no chance of winning the ball just to show the fans “look I am trying.”

‘That comes down to good coaching, the triggers, the way you attack, the way you defend, the way you press together, that all comes down to what happens on the training pitch, because you can’t just do it, it doesn’t work like that, not at that level.’

United will get the chance to put things right when they travel to Spurs on Saturday.


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