Ian Wright has told Manchester United’s owners to follow Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea managerial model amid growing pressure surrounding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position as manager
The warning signs were flashing originally during an uninspiring run that saw hapless performances against Aston Villa, Villarreal and Everton and they were compounded after rivals Liverpool and Manchester City eased to three points at Old Trafford.
Despite calls for the Norwegian to be the latest manager on the managerial chopping block, he has maintained his position in the hot seat going into the international break as they look to turn around their fortunes.
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard took over at Stamford Bridge after an impressive stint with Derby County But after a good first season in charge at his former club, the results began to evade the former England international and ultimately led to his demise.
As a result, the Londoners owner relieved him of his duties and brought in Thomas Tuchel who led the Londoners to Champions League glory that season.
It was an act that raised eyebrows for sacking a club legend but one that paid off – something former Arsenal forward Ian Wright believes Manchester United should emulate.
“No one’s asking for somebody to be fired or sacked, of course you’re not. When you look at what Chelsea did with Frank [Lampard], they’re great legend, they’re great legend,” he told The Ringer podcast.
“That’s the thing with [Roman] Abramovich he doesn’t care. If it’s not working how he believes it should be working, they’re out and it doesn’t matter who it is.
“You look at Man United and as much as people continually speak about he’s knitted it all back together, the fans, the players all together with what happened with [Jose] Mourinho breaking everything and he’s done that. There comes a time where someone upstairs has to say ‘actually we really need to do something now’ because everybody is thinking it.
“Every single pundit is seeing the same. No direction, no coordination, no structure, with great players. Then people say but look at Man United they’re two points off of this, yes because their players are amazing and if they get it right in any situation they’re going to beat teams.”
The Reds are currently nine points off the pace and as many points off the relegation zone and another defeat against Watford – with results going in their rivals’ favour – could see them stoop to as low as 13th.
Wright continued: “Anyone who is organised against Man United like we saw with Leicester, Liverpool at a canter, anyone that’s organised. Any team that plays against Man United and organised you’ll cause them a problem, a massive problem and it shouldn’t be happening and that is simply because the manager has got to his level.
“I’m looking at Manchester United ex-players. Rio, Roy Keane – they can’t wait to say ‘this player is not good enough, that player is not good enough’ we all say it, is this player good enough? We say it flippantly, this manager has reached his level, he cannot take it [further], he can’t.”
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