Man Utd: ‘This year is make or break for Ole.’

"There's a lot of pressure on his shoulders after all the investment," Soph from Ladies in Red believes after some high-profile summer signings, the Man Utd manager doesn't have long left to deliver.

Matthew Crist

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position at Old Trafford has been under scrutiny recently, with the team winning just two of their past seven encounters following the recent 4-2 loss away at Leicester City.

After a summer of big spending to land Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, United were expected to challenge across the board.

However, they are already out of the League Cup after a 1-0 to loss to West Ham and they’ve only picked up one point from their past three matches in the Premier League.

A last-gasp winner against Villarreal helped keep some of the pressure off the manager though that returned following the Everton game, a match in which a win would have seen United go top of the table.

United have staked a lot on Solskjaer, after third and second-place finishes in the Premier League saw him handed a new long-term contract in the summer, as well as key additions to the squad in £72m man Sancho, World Cup winner Varane and returning hero Ronaldo.

But just how long the club’s patience in their former goal-machine will last is yet to be seen.

Cristiano Ronaldo

“We’re seeing the same old mistakes as we did last season,” said Soph from Ladies in Red on this week’s edition of Fan Zone.

“I do believe this year it’s make or break for Ole after the signings that have been made.

“There’s a lot of pressure on his shoulders after all the recent investment, not just with Ronaldo coming in, but Varane too who has been superb.

“But there can be no excuses from the manager this season, questions are always being asked about his ability to do the job and so far this season it seems like he’s making the same mistakes.

“It’s worrying because at the moment it doesn’t seem to click, and I’m not saying Ronaldo has affected that.

“Especially against the low block teams, we seem unable to break them down and run out of ideas.”

Solskjaer has been at the club since December 2018 and is now in his third full season in charge of the Reds, with the club trophyless since 2017 under Jose Mourinho when they won the Europa League and League Cup.

After reaching five semi-finals under the former striker, United finally made it to a final against Villarreal last season but were beaten on penalties in the Europa League.

Man Utd v Everton

And Soph believes that his management style and tactical nous has become too predictable, especially at home having dropped points against Aston Villa and Everton at Old Trafford already this season.

“We can’t keep dropping silly points, if you want to be champions or contenders for the title you’ve got to pick-up those crucial points and be able to do it against the lesser teams.

“Teams have found us out, they know they can spring on us, we saw that against Everton, we’re vulnerable from counter-attacks.

“I do think it also comes down to the fact that we didn’t sign a defensive midfielder in the summer.

“I was buzzing that we signed for Ronaldo, but we’ve been crying out for a defensive midfielder for ages.

“I think there needs to be a change and needs to be a change quickly.”

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