Micah Richards has slammed the Manchester United squad and admitted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is starting to look “out of his depth” following Sunday’s awful 5-0 loss to Liverpool
Solskjaer is on the brink of losing his job following this weekend’s humiliating defeat to the Reds.
United were completely overawed by their arch-rivals, with Mohamed Salah firing a sensational hat-trick to condemn Solskjaer’s side to their fifth defeat in their last nine matches.
And reports have indicated that the United hierarchy are now considering the Norwegian’s future after Liverpool inflicted United’s heaviest ever defeat against the Reds at Old Trafford.
Former Manchester City ace Richards has stuck the boot in on United’s players, as well as Solskjaer, following the game, accusing the players of failing to act and play as a team.
“It’s a team of individuals, not a collective,” said Richards on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club.
“They all want to be the star man, instead of doing the basics of football, like running and tackling.
“If you’re bringing in Ronaldo, what’s your style of play?
“Ronaldo is available so you think ‘get him’, but you try to fit in [Bruno] Fernandes, [Paul] Pogba, Sancho, [Marcus] Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood in as well, so where’s the balance?
“Get some people in behind Ronaldo to do his work if that’s what you want to do. Solskjaer said they would play on the front foot, but against you will get picked off, just like they did.
“Get back into a shape with two defensive midfielders to defend, full-backs tucked in and play counter attack. United are not as good as Manchester City, Liverpool or Chelsea so defend deep and do what you’re good at – they need to go back to basics.”
Reports suggested on Monday that United had made contact with Antonio Conte in the wake of Sunday’s humbling events.
Conte is out of work after guiding Inter Milan to the Scudetto last season and tasted success in England after winning the Premier League with Chelsea during his tenure at Stamford Bridge.
Richards admitted that he had sympathy for Solskjaer, but stressed that he struggles to see the Norwegian turning things around.
“He has such a legendary status at the club so it was always going to be difficult when things come to this,” added Richards.
“It has to be down to the coaching and some of the things were ridiculous, basic mistakes. They don’t know when to press or when to drop deep and it looks like Ole does not know what to do.
“They need to back him and say he will go to the end of the season or bring someone else in.
“I feel sorry for him, looking at a person who has this legendary status but he looks a bit out of his depth. If that can’t be resolved they need to move forward.”