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Owen: Man Utd don’t look like a team under Solskjaer

Michael Owen has slammed Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.

The Norwegian manager is under relentless pressure after a disappointing start to the season.

His position was seriously called into question following United’s 5-0 home loss to Liverpool last month. A 3-0 win at Tottenham the week after lifted the pressure slightly, however.

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However, Saturday’s performance in the Manchester derby has put Solskjaer back to square one as his side barely laid a glove on their city rivals.

And Owen has criticised the Premier League giants, claiming the constant changes of personnel and formations highlight the muddled state they find themselves in.

“Manchester United have collected a fantastic array of players but they don’t look like a team whereas Pep Guardiola, whatever team he manages they’ve got a distinct style of play,” he told Premier League Productions.

“That’s what you look for in a manager and a coach is to put your impression on it.

“It’s a surprise that you turn up and with Manchester United you don’t know what formation they’re going to play.

“They are collecting a load of players, all these great players from around the world and they are chopping and changing all the time.

“You’ve got to be able to see further than the end of your nose and think this is the way we’re going to play no matter what. We are going to buy players for these positions and now let’s play this way.

“If things go wrong and you concede five against Liverpool you don’t think the defence is rubbish, let’s go and put one more player in there. It’s ridiculous.”

Meanwhile, club legend Rio Ferdinand believes United are only missing an “experienced coach” that can work alongside Solskjaer.

He said: “The only thing they’re lacking in that dressing room is an experienced coach.

“However good those coaches are, they haven’t got the experience because they’re just not old enough. Mick Phelan’s main job isn’t coaching on a day-to-day basis. He probably coached our team a handful of times.

“He has other qualities that are outstanding. Sir Alex always championed Mick Phelan. He was a good sounding board.”

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