Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has reportedly lost faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It was reported by Duncan Castles on ‘The Transfer Window’ podcast that Fernandes doesn’t believe the Man United boss is up to the challenge at Old Trafford.
Fernandes apparently doesn’t believe Solskjaer is strong enough to manage the squad or have the ability to develop the players they currently have.
The Portuguese midfielder has been a standout since arriving at Old Trafford at the start of the year and he’s already taken on a leadership role in the dressing room, reportedly raging at Solskjaer in the dressing room at half-time of their 6-1 hammering at Spurs.
“We are supposed to be Manchester United!,” Fernandes shouted at his teammates, per the Mirror.
Solskjaer’s side are currently down in 16th place after losing two of their opening three Premier League matches, and the outlook doesn’t look good for the Norwegian after a difficult summer transfer window.
While he’s enjoyed some highs during his time in the dugout at his former club, it’s easy to understand why Fernandes is pessimistic about United’s future under their current boss.
We’ve picked out five reasons why Fernandes is right to doubt Solskjaer.
1. He’s failed to improve players
You look at Mikel Arteta and the improvement that Arsenal’s players have made under him.
Then you look at Man United’s squad, where a number of players haven’t taken a step forward since Solskjaer’s arrival.
Luke Shaw has really struggled, Paul Pogba hasn’t performed at a consistent level and Victor Lindelof remains hit-or-miss.
They are just three examples. Harry Maguire is still error-prone, Daniel James hasn’t delivered and Jesse Lingard is now out of the picture.
2. Solskjaer is out of his depth
United had the third-best defensive record in the league last season, conceding 36 goals in 38 matches.
Through three games this year, they’ve already shipped 11 goals.
Funnily enough, that’s the same number that Liverpool have allowed after letting in seven against Aston Villa.
But who do you trust more to turn things around, Solskjaer or Jurgen Klopp?
The Man United boss is surrounded by some of the brightest minds in the game. And while he’s proven his ability to outwit them in one-on-one encounters, do you really believe he can get United singing for an entire season in the way that Klopp and Pep Guardiola have done in recent years?
3. Poor squad management
It must hurt Man United fans to see Romelu Lukaku thriving in Italy with Inter Milan.
The Belgian striker admitted that Solskjaer was unable to convince him to stay at the club last year, and Inter are benefitting as a result.
United didn’t sign replacements for Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez last summer, which left them desperate for a new attacker this time around.
Yes, it could be argued that United haven’t properly supported Solskjaer. But this is where a coach’s ability to improve the players he’s got would come in handy.
Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes, both once seen as United’s future, will spend the season out on loan, with Edinson Cavani arriving on deadline day to spare the club’s blushes.
4. United don’t have a distinct style
Man City dominate possession. Liverpool win with power and speed. What about United?
Despite being in the role since December 2018, it’s still hard to work out United’s style under Solskjaer.
As we noted, last season they were great defensively and had great success by hitting teams on the counter.
This season, things have looked very different. Pogba has struggled in a deeper position and Solskjaer has been left needing to think things through once again.
The versatile Donny van de Beek will give him options, but it’s been a case of one step forward and two steps back so far for Ole.
5. Summer brought Solskjaer’s leadership into question
It was a wild summer for United’s players.
Maguire was arrested after clashing with Police on the Greek island of Mykonos, while Mason Greenwood got into trouble after bringing girls back to the England team hotel.
Solskjaer isn’t responsible for what his players get up to abroad, but it still gave the club a bad look and suggested a lack of discipline among the group.
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