UNITED LATEST 10:57, 7 Nov 2021Updated: 10:57, 7 Nov 2021OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER cut a frustrated figure as Man Utd fell to a disappointing derby day defeat against Manchester City.
The Red Devils barely challenged their rivals in a lacklustre encounter, with former Utd legend Roy Keane savaging the manager and team on Sky Sports after the game.
Frustration was also shown from the players, with David De Gea spotted punching the tunnel in fury after the 2-0 loss.
Meanwhile, Phil Jones is reportedly attracting the attention of up to THIRTEEN clubs – despite not being in action for around two years.
The former England centre-back has endured a nightmare time with injuries but United have been flooded with enquiries about his availability.
Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…
Ex-Schalke and RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick has revealed how he would fix Manchester United if given the job.
Current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job is under threat after a string of poor performances by the club, and Rangnick reckons he’s got the remedy to fix the Red Devils.
The Times reported that Rangnick told Bild his United plan in 2019, and said: “Since Sir Alex [Ferguson] left they were underperforming. They haven’t won the title since he left. At any club, if you cannot get the right players, then you should at least not sign the wrong ones.
“You are in trouble if you do that in one or two or three consecutive transfer windows.
“Club building is about building the right squad by transferring the right players away and having more than 50 per cent success rate of bringing in the right players. Then you must have the best possible coaches to develop these players.”
Manchester United fans were left fuming after Bruno Fernandes’ Twitter account posted a photo of Arsenal players.
The Red Devils lost the Manchester derby on Saturday 2-0, turning in another poor performance leaving fans furious.
But fuel was added to the fire when Fernandes’ Twitter account – likely ran by the same social media manager as Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli – posted a pic of some Gunners stars with the caption ‘Gooood vibes’.
Martinelli’s Instagram had the exact same picture and caption.
One fan fumed: “Bruno Fernandes posting (now deleted) a picture of some Arsenal lads.
“I presume one of them is Portuguese and they share the same social media team. Either way this is a f***ing disaster.
“Never understand why these a*s don’t tweet themselves.”
Another said: “I’m beginning to hate him bro, this entire squads mentality reeks.”
PAUL THE OTHER ONE
Paul Scholes thinks that Manchester United can beat Chelsea – despite yesterday’s latest poor performance against rivals City.
The Red Devils were outclassed during their 2-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side at Old Trafford.
Scholes, however, was nonplussed by the defeat – insisting that it’s nothing new – before tipping United to go and beat Thomas Tuchel’s league leaders later this month.
Appearing as a pundit on DAZN, he said: “Does anything change? Are we really surprised by United being short of City and Liverpool?
“I don’t think they’re massively short of Chelsea though.
“I think they could go and beat teams like Chelsea.
“And I think the same now is going to happen again – we’ll struggle against the big teams, we might go on a run now – beat all the teams we expect to and think we’re a good team again.”
GULF IS EMBARRASSING
Manchester United need to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if they want to improve, according to Danny Murphy.
The former Liverpool midfielder said the fact rival fans want the Norwegian to stay confirms it’s time for him to go.
The Norwegian led United to their sixth defeat in 12 games on Saturday as they slumped 2-0 at home to bitter rivals Manchester City.
And the Red Devils have won just four times in that period, with calls for Solskjaer to go growing louder and louder.
City fans taunted the 48-year-old at Old Trafford by singing ‘Ole, give us a wave’ and ‘Ole’s at the wheel’.
And Murphy thinks such humiliation proves it’s time for the United icon to go.
The former Liverpool midfielder told the Mail: “It has got to the stage now, sadly, where opposing fans see Solskjaer as their secret weapon.
“They want him to stay more than United supporters.”
PHIL YOUR BOOTS
Forgotten Man Utd defender Phil Jones is a wanted man.
According to reports, over ten clubs are plotting January swoops for the former England international.
Watford and Newcastle are interested in Jones, as well as Championship outfit Derby – managed by Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney.
The 29-year-old has endured a nightmare time with a serious knee injury and hasn’t played for United since a FA Cup tie at Tranmere Rovers in January last year.
‘NOT GOOD FROM US’
Man Utd star Bruno Fernandes admitted yesterday’s performance against rivals Man City was ‘not good’.
He said: “It’s difficult to say something now but it was not good enough from us.
“We have to change, this has happened many times already and we are at the beginning of the season.
“We have to speak less and do more. We have to do better. They showed us today we are not at the same level.”
WRECK IT RALF
Ralf Rangnick is interested in becoming Man Utd manager should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer get sacked, reports say.
According to Bild journalist Christian Falk, Rangnick would be interested in a move to Old Trafford.
The 63-year-old is well known for his role within the Red Bull network.
And he has had big influences on coaches such as Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann.
After Man Utd’s derby loss to Man City, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils face league strugglers Watford.
Amad Diallo scored a STUNNING solo effort for Manchester United Under-23s on Saturday.
The winger, 19, showed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer what he is missing with a dazzling run and finish to win the game late on for the Red Devils.
Diallo received the ball on the edge of the area, chested it down and flicked it over the head of the defender.
He could have shot but cheekily spooned it around his marker once again, then skipped past him before burying the ball into the bottom corner.
It was the Ivorian’s second goal of the game and helped United to a 3-2 win, with Charlie McNeil also getting on the scoresheet.
Diallo has had to settle for U23 football this season after failing to agree a loan move in the summer.
A host of clubs were interested in the youngster, including Feyenoord, Crystal Palace and Basel.
He has failed to make an appearance for United’s first-team this term, losing his place in the squad after the arrival of Jadon Sancho.
But after United were beaten convincingly in the derby Solskjaer may ponder bringing Diallo back into the fold.
His goal shows just how much talent he possesses, as does a return of six goals in five U23 matches since arriving in Manchester.
PHIL YOUR BOOTS
Phil Jones is on the radar of an incredible THIRTEEN clubs – despite not kicking a ball in anger for the best part of two years.
Manchester United have been flooded with inquires for the defender, who is finally approaching full fitness again after a nightmare time with injuries.
Two Premier League outfits – believed to be Watford and Newcastle – are keen on taking Jones on loan, with a host of interested parties from the Championship.
Wayne Rooney is a big fan, and would like him at Derby, although continued issues over Pride Park finances currently clouds their chances of loan signings in January unclear.
Solskjaer has been delighted by Jones’ attitude in training since returning from his latest knee injury last summer and would love him to get more regular football to reach match fitness.
But the United boss faces being without centre back Raphael Varane for a month, after he suffered a hamstring injury in this week’s Champions League draw at Atalanta.
Jones, 29, hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since scoring in the FA Cup win at Tranmere in January 2020.
And he also has two years left on a £130,000-a-week contract.
KEANE TO SWITCH IT UP
Man Utd legend Roy Keane is a former teammate of current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but remains unconvinced that Ole is the right man for the job.
Speaking after Utd’s 2-0 defeat earlier today, Keane said: “You don’t know what you’re going to get, these players are no good to you.
“Man Utd are in a bad place, but there’s a way out of it.
“Is Ole the man to do it? Huge question marks.”
“Every time there’s a bad performance like that, Ole’s gets the blame.
“Every time United produce a result, Ole’s the luckiest man on the planet, he’s got Ronaldo. Ole can’t seem to win.
“He has to look at himself in the mirror and say ‘I need to do better here’.”
The former United captain has backed Solskjaer in the past, but revealed he has ‘given up’ with this United team.
THE SOCIAL DILEMMA
Whoever manages the social media accounts of Bruno Fernandes and Gabriel Martinelli had an absolute nightmare tonight.
Not long after Man Utd’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford, a picture of Martinelli in Arsenal training appeared on Bruno Fernandes’ Twitter account.
The picture, which showed Martinelli alongside teammates including Emile Smith-Rowe and Mohamed Elneny, was captioned “Goooood vibes”.
The picture was quickly deleted and posted on the correct account, but not before a few fans noticed and replied.
@Buckmufc said: “Bruno’s PR team getting the sack before Ole.”
@Djsim1970 added: “The 2nd time today Bruno has been made a mug of.”
United fans will be even more furious given the nature of United’s defeat today against their local rivals.
The Portuguese playmaker hasn’t posted again since the blunder, despite usually posting after games.
DANGER DE GEA
David De Gea made no secret of his anger after today’s 2-0 defeat to rivals Manchester City at full-time.
The Spanish shot-stopper threw a punch in fury at the tunnel as he left the pitch, having endured a frustrating afternoon in goal.
De Gea single-handedly kept United in the game with a string of superb saves in the first half.
But then made a disastrous blunder to gift Bernardo Silva a goal at the back post, fumbling the ball into the back of the net from close range.
The error took place right before half-time, and De Gea couldn’t help but unleash his frustration on the tunnel as he exited the field.
Despite the disappointing result today, Donny van de Beek can be fairly pleased with his rare cameo appearance for Manchester United.
As soon as the Dutchman went out to warm up, the United fans sang his name and he received a great reception when he finally came onto the pitch.
He managed to get a handful of decent touches after coming on and get one of the loudest cheers of the day from the home fans when he made a good tackle in midfield.
He then did an excellent piece of skill to keep hold of the ball before passing forward and the Old Trafford faithful sounded their appreciation for van de Beek’s efforts.
He may not have the faith of his manager, but the fans are certainly still behind him.
Tyson Fury has posted a video to his Instagram page issuing a message to the Man Utd players after their 2-0 defeat today at home to Man City.
Fury said: “After today’s defeat by City, it’s fair to say that United are taking a worse beating than Deontay Wilder took in all of his fights versus me.
“And I think partly it’s because the players, no disrespect to any of you, but it doesn’t seem like you’re digging deep to try and win these games.
“It just seems to be that you’re happy to get through them and whatever happens, happens.
“When I fought Wilder and I was on the floor, and any other man I’ve ever fought, I never ever believed I was going to lose the fight.
“I always believed I’d come back and win.
“And that’s called a winner’s mentality. And that’s something in the last few games that you guys have just not had.
“I think me and Patrice Evra are going to come down to training and give you some of that [gestures to his fist] and give you the hard word, what you need.
“See you all soon, be prepared.”
Fury is a well-known Man Utd fan and posted a video to his Twitter account earlier today if him travelling to Old Trafford with his family to watch the game.
LOOKING FOR ERIC
Man Utd centre-back Eric Bailly, 27, has taken to social media to express his frustration at his side’s defeat and his part in it with his first-half own goal.
However, he’s also bizarrely posted an image of himself scoring the own goal, which many fans found both strange and amusing.
@softwareswat said: “Hello Eric. We all make bad decisions chap. However, it’s probably not a great shout to post the image of you finishing fantastically well into your own net?”
@IAMartin_ added: “Eric this is pathetic. You’re mocking the fans. You post the picture of you scoring an own goal, anyways, we win together, we lose together, head up! Better than the captain…”
Bailly was superb in the Champions League on Tuesday in Man Utd’s 2-2 draw with Atalanta.
But the Ivory Coast international has otherwise struggled for minutes under Solskjaer this season, featuring just once in the EFL Cup.
SHOUT, SHOUT, LET IT ALL OUT
Man Utd fans are already discussing who could replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the likes of Ralf Rangnick and current Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag in the conversation.
It was suggested that Solskjaer would be given three games to save his job after the 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool.
And after his side beat Spurs, drew with Atalanta and lost in a dismal display against Man City this afternoon, it is unclear where the Norwegian stands.
After Spurs appointed Antonio Conte, the United hierarchy came under some criticism from fans and pundits alike.
Many claiming they lack they are only sticking with Ole based on sentimentality and must show more ruthlessness to be able to compete at the highest level.
There are currently no signs to suggest that the United hierarchy will move to replace Solskjaer any time soon.
But with growing unrest among the fanbase due to the team’s awful recent form, a change could come sooner than expected.
Rangnick as interim until the end of the season, he then becomes the DOF, & then we get Ten Hag. This SHOULD be the plan.
— Ryan. 🔰 (@Vintage_Utd) November 6, 2021 IN THE NICK OF TIME
Christian Falk of German newspaper Bild claims that Ralf Rangnick is still interested in becoming the Manchester United manager.
Rangnick has previously managed RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg and helped turn them into competitive clubs in Europe, as well as inventing the Gegenpressing style of play.
He is said to have inspired the tactical styles of Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann and Ralph Hasenhuttl.
He is currently the Manager of Sports and Development for Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow.
But it is claimed Rangnick would be very interested in the job at Old Trafford, should it become available.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side just can’t seem to keep a clean sheet at the moment, having failed to do so in their last 14 games in all competitions.
Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw have struggled to hit the levels they showed last season and in the Euros for England.
And summer signing Raphael Varane has struggled with injuries since joining from Real Madrid.
The Frenchman was absent for United’s defeats to Leicester, Liverpool and Man City.
And the Red Devils have won four out of the six league games that he has played in, highlighting his importance.
Eric Bailly was superb for Man Utd against Atalanta in the Champions League in midweek.
But was at fault for their first goal against City today, diverting Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net early in the first half.
21 percent of Manchester United’s home defeats in the Premier League have come under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
To put that into context, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford in December 2018 and has been in charge for 167 games since.
The club has played a total of 563 home games in the Premier League since it was founded in 1992 and has only lost 63 of those.
Manchester United had more shots on their OWN goal than at City’s in the derby – as the stats made for grim reading.
And their first-half positioning was compared to a ‘rugby team’ with the way they bunched up in a line.
An Eric Bailly own goal and Bernardo Silva poking in at the back post bookended the opening 45 minutes.
They managed just one shot on target at the other end in the full 90 minutes, Cristiano Ronaldo with a rasping left-foot volley.
Roy Keane went berserk slamming Manchester United for a lack of fight after they lost 2-0 in the derby.
The Sky Sports pundit, 50, said the defeat to Manchester City felt worse than the 5-0 loss against Liverpool a fortnight ago.
“Today I am feeling sorry for them. Some of them just aren’t up for playing for Manchester United.
“This team does not stay in the fight. You are on the ropes but you gotta keep swinging. This team doesn’t. They almost say ‘We are up against it, we don’t have the quality’.
“They don’t have the fight or desire. This team doesn’t have personality.”
Roy Keane has blasted Manchester United for their loss to Manchester City.
Keane even claimed that the loss was worse than their 5-0 thumping at the hands of Liverpool.
He told Sky Sports: “It felt worse (than the Liverpool match).
“They were happy to keep the ball and toyed with United. So poor. The difference in class, decision making, everything. It was men vs boys.”
Manchester United legend Roy Keane was seen pulling faces at Micah Richards as the ex-Manchester City star said his old team was ‘underrated’.
Richards was speaking on Sky ahead of his former side’s 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the Manchester derby but Keane did not have time for his claims.
The former right-back was reminiscing about City’s famous 6-1 win at Old Trafford in October 2011.
A smiling Richards said: “I know he [Keane] is smiling now, but we were, we were noisy that day.
“But we came with authority. I know they went down to 10 men…”
Keane quickly interrupted with a trademark wry smile and said: “I didn’t play that game did I?”
Richards laughed and replied: “No, you’d retired by then I think.
“But it was just an amazing occasion. It really was.”
‘TAKE HIM OFF’
Luke Shaw was forced off with an apparent concussion after suffering a blow to the head but only after Manchester United medics gave him the all-clear to carry on.
The defender, 26, came off second best in an aerial challenge with Manchester City star Rodri, who appeared to elbow the back of Shaw’s head.
Physios attended to Shaw for around two minutes, going through their necessary concussion checks before taking him to the side of the pitch.
The England star was then waved back onto the pitch by the referee but lasted just five minutes before he sat back down on the turf clutching his head.
His captain Harry Maguire came to his aid but it was clear the England star was unable to continue.
Manchester United made use of a ‘concussion substitution’ to take him off.