Man United squad’s brutal view on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shows exactly what needs to be done

Manchester United’s feeble 2-0 loss at home to arch-rivals Manchester City on Saturday sparked further rumours of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being shown the exit door at Old Trafford.

United whimpered to defeat with just one shot on target, and reports have emerged that Solskjaer could be on his way – with Ralf Rangnick being touted as his replacement.

Rangnick is currently the Head of Development at Lokomotiv Moscow but has had a successful managerial career in the past, overseeing the likes of Stuttgart, Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.

There is no indication yet that he could become manager given that Solskjaer has had the backing of the board for so long.

But a report by the Independent claims that United players are so fed up of the Norwegian that even Rangnick on an interim basis would be considered a step up.

It states that the view of the United squad is that the team is so bereft of basic coaching skills and structure, that anyone who is able to offer an improvement would be an instant hit.

Rangnick is famous for revolutionising Germany’s coaching era.

And this would reportedly see him become the perfect candidate for the role.

Solskjaer is simply hoping that his players regain their confidence on the international break after what has been a treacherous few weeks.

“Players are human beings and when you lose a game of football there’s no better remedy than winning a game, getting your confidence back,” Solskjaer said.

“Hopefully, the ones who go away do well. For us, it’s all about Watford. We have to come out against Watford like a proper hurt animal and get back to what we know we can be. That’s the only way to approach this and attack the situation.

“The short answer is yes, it’s come at a good time for us now. As a group, we’ve had a difficult spell, we’ve come through it but this was a big step backward.”

It was a tactically inept performance that was summarised by poor defending.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw all failed to impress, whilst Eric Bailly – who wasn’t as poor – still managed to slice the ball into his own net with just six minutes on the clock.

And United legend Paul Scholes criticised Solskjaer for failing to realise the poor tactical change that he started with wasn’t working.

“I said before that the 3-5-2 doesn’t suit the players in the team,” Scholes said.

“Wan-Bissaka is useless on the ball — brilliant defender but useless on the ball at right-back.

“Three centre-halves today, none of them that good on the ball. Ole has got to find a way. There’s a squad of players there that could be okay.”