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‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must fear the worst after Man Utd’s sackable performance’

United took the lead against Leicester but were soon pegged back and eventually fell to a disappointing defeat despite having drawn level during an error-strewn display

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This was not a sackable result because Leicester City are a very good football team who can beat anyone when they are in the groove.

But make no mistake, this was a sackable performance.

And if its type is repeated any time soon, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows what will be coming.

For some reason, his players made the 100-mile journey to Leicester by plane – Solskjaer should have made them walk home.

To produce a display as downright scruffy and as error-strewn as this one takes some doing but, despite the vast array of talent, United managed it with truly incompetent ease.

And we all know the buck stops with the manager, which, in a way, is a shame because he is a thoroughly decent character.



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were awful at the King Power
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That nothing should detract from a wonderfully vibrant Leicester victory goes without saying.

Youri Tielemans ran the show and the Jamie Vardy strike that restored the home side’s lead after Marcus Rashford had scored United’s second typified the joyousness and adventure of their approach.

Patson Daka’s added-time cake-topper and the Caglar Soyuncu effort that had earlier given Brendan Rodgers’ team the lead for the first time were Leicester’s scruffiest bits of work.

They were very, very slick at times.

And it should be noted that United had gone a hugely impressive 29 Premier League away games unbeaten ahead of this thumping.

You could say Solskjaer was due a bad one on the road and that is why his position is not – and should not be – under immediate threat.

But two home matches, against Atalanta and Liverpool, could well decide Solskjaer’s future.









He cannot afford to lose both but a rerun of this sort of outing will give them no chance in both fixtures.

United, almost to a man, were startlingly abysmal.

Let’s leave Mason Greenwood – and, probably, David de Gea – out of this, though.

Considering the unhealthy onus on Harry Kane to score England goals, Greenwood’s ongoing omission verges on the bizarre.

Presumably, the matter will be corrected next month, this strike alone confirming his impeccable qualifications.

Kasper Schmeichel had the scant consolation of knowing no other keeper could have saved Greenwood’s hit.

It is hard to know whether De Gea had the same after Tielemans curled in a lovely equaliser that might well have started life as a cross.



Mason Greenwood was one of the only United players to come away with any credit
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But even if De Gea might have been fooled, the lion’s share of culpability lay with Harry Maguire.

When Solskjaer said Maguire had “been on the grass” on Friday, presumably he did not mean his centre-half had been smoking it.

But judging by Maguire’s first half performance, you never know.

Allowing himself to have possession taken away from him by Kelechi Iheanacho was not his only basic error of a forgettable return to the King Power.

But Maguire, usually among the classiest United performers, did have an excuse as he was clearly short of fitness.

And one of the reasons United looked so vulnerable was the alarming lack of pressing from the front.

And yes, that means you, Cristiano.

What did you make of United’s performance? Have your say below.



Cristiano Ronaldo was poor for United
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Ronaldo was not the only one whose industry left a little to be desired – Jadon Sancho was lucky to last just over an hour before Solskjaer’s patience snapped.

In his ten United appearances, Sancho has failed to score or assist.

There is a bedding-in period, for sure, but it is going on longer than it should.

While Sancho was substituted, Ronaldo remained on the field for an utterly forgettable 90 minutes.







When Craig Pawson blew the final whistle, he trudged directly towards the tunnel, only to be asked by Solskjaer to go and acknowledge the travelling United supporters.

Ronaldo took a few token steps in the vague direction of the away fans’ section and offered some half-hearted applause.

And that summed up his and United’s afternoon.

Half-hearted and full of token efforts.

Solskjaer simply cannot afford to have any more of this.

And he surely knows it.


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