Ex-Premier League player Didi Hamann believes it is only a matter of time before Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Hamann has unleashed a scathing rant about United’s style of play and lack of progress under Solskjaer, crediting Cristiano Ronaldo for preventing a disaster this season.

Solskjaer is under mounting pressure as United manager amid the club’s faltering start to the 2021/22 season.

The Red Devils are fourth in the Premier League on 14 points after seven games, two behind leaders Chelsea.

But they have had a favourable run of fixtures to start the campaign, with a trip to West Ham United the toughest on paper so far.

United also suffered a humiliating defeat in their Champions League opener at BSC Young Boys before West Ham dumped Solskjaer’s side out of the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle.

Hamann has labelled United’s form as ‘pathetic’ after their unforgettable summer of business, claiming Solskjaer will eventually lose his job.

He told Sky Sports: “The only reason why Manchester United are still in the race for the Premier League title and doing alright in the Champions League is Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I don’t even want to know where they would be without him and his goals. It is all patchwork. Old Trafford – that used to be the Theatre of Dreams. Right now, it is more like nightmares than dreams.

“Their performance is pathetic at the moment. They just don’t play good football. Sancho is way behind expectations, which I don’t understand.

“With Raphael Varane, they got a player that has a lot of experience, and with Cristiano Ronaldo, they got one who knows the Premier League. I thought it would not take that long to integrate them into the team.

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“I believe the pressure on the manager will grow a lot. It is only a matter of time when – not if – they sack him because he has been there for too long, and you don’t see any progress.

“They still play the same football that is not good to watch. That is not Manchester United. I think there will be a change of manager soon.

“Whether the new manager will be able to utilise their entire potential, we will have to see. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not capable of that right now.”

October and November could be the most crucial months of Solskjaer’s tenure so far, with a daunting fixture list awaiting United after the international break.

United start with a trip to Leicester City before hosting Atalanta in the Champions League.

Following that, Tottenham Hotspur away is in between home games against Liverpool and Manchester City, with the return fixture against Atalanta also in the mix.

United then have potentially tricky away tests at Watford and Villarreal before travelling to Chelsea and hosting Arsenal at Old Trafford.