Paul Merson believes Manchester United are ‘just drifting along’ with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their manager.
The Arsenal icon has shared concerns about the club’s direction, fronted by the fact that 36-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo is their ‘best player’.
After Ronaldo’s double in United’s 2-2 draw at Atalanta in midweek, Solskjaer compared him to legendary basketball player Michael Jordan.
He told reporters: “Cristiano [Ronaldo] is just incredible. We’re not happy conceding two goals. But I’m sure the Chicago Bulls didn’t mind having Michael Jordan either.
“Sometimes the teams have the players they have, and that’s why they are at Manchester United or Chicago Bulls, and you come up with those moments.
Merson agrees with Solskjaer’s comparison but has brutally described Ronaldo as Jordan ‘without the world-class manager’.
In his Daily Star column, the 53-year-old produced a scathing rant about Solskjaer’s credentials as Ronaldo continues to rescue results.
He wrote: “Cristiano Ronaldo is like Michael Jordan – but without the world-class manager.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was right to make the comparison because Ronaldo gets his team out of trouble almost as often as the greatest of all time did for the Chicago Bulls.
“The problem is that in Phil Jackson, Jordan had one of the best basketball coaches in the world managing his team when they were winning the NBA over and over again.
“Ronaldo has Solskjaer. How many trophies has Solskjaer won as a manager?
“The worrying thing is that Ronaldo is 36, and he’s Manchester United’s best player. That can’t be right at the biggest club in the world.
“I’m wondering where that club is going because even Tottenham have a better manager now in Antonio Conte. It’s scary.
“United could easily be out of the Champions League already. And they will get beaten by Manchester City this weekend. They’re just drifting along. And that’s something Michael Jordan would never have allowed.”
Solskjaer will want Ronaldo to come up with the goods again on Saturday, as United host Manchester City at Old Trafford.
The 186th Manchester derby could be his last in charge of United, especially if it produces a similar nightmare scoreline as Liverpool’s visit last month.
Despite last weekend’s 3-0 win at Spurs, Solskjaer remains under severe pressure and desperately needs more points in the Premier League.
But Ronaldo will be vying to make headlines again by helping send United into the international break with a memorable win.