Connect with us

Football

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer risking Man United sack because of two players

Published

on

Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek’s form is a key cause for concern for Manchester United as the Red Devils continue to struggle – and it could earn Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the sack, says Paul Merson.

United have won just two of their last six games, with both wins coming in the dying embers of the respective fixtures.

And with losses to West Ham, Aston Villa and Young Boys in the space of two weeks, the termination of Solskjaer’s contract has once again become a talking point.

Merson believes that Solskjaer cannot continue to play this poorly, especially with the talent that has been left rotting on the bench.

Factor in the fees paid for Anthony Martial and Nemanja Matic alongside the duo, there is over £175million worth of talent not being utilised.

And with the title race already well underway, Merson believes Solskjaer has to justify paying extortionate fees for the pair if he is to keep his job.

“Time was not so long ago when playing poorly and having two players you forked out £110m for on the bench was a recipe for the bullet,” he told the Daily Star.

“No one seems to say a dickie bird these days, but that doesn’t mean Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can get away with it much longer.

“His job has to be on the line especially his inability to get a tune out of Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek.

“They look like their confidence is shot and, for me, the only way to get them up to speed is to keep playing them.”

Merson has seen plenty of similar cases in his time in English football – none more so than ex-Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp.

Bergkamp joined the Gunners when Merson was in the final year of his time at Highbury, and initially struggled – but Merson uses him as a pointer that all players can get better as they take time to adapt.

“When Dennis Bergkamp came to Arsenal he struggled in his first three or four games but they persevered with him and suddenly he was up and running and on his way to becoming arguably the best foreign import ever,” he continued.

“Sancho cost £70m and his ability isn’t in question so stick with him.

“Right now he reminds me of a golfer who has double-bogeyed the first hole and is chasing things by trying to make a birdie at the second.

“He’s chasing and I feel for him because if you get behind the eight ball at a massive club like United, it’s desperately hard to turn it around.”

Football

Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

Published

on

By

Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

Continue Reading

Football

Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club

Published

on

By

Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

Continue Reading

Football

Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer

Published

on

By

Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

Continue Reading

Trending