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Manchester United had the worst possible start to their Champions League campaign as they lost 2-1 to BSC Young Boys. Despite United going down to ten men in the first half, the match raised questions over Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s managerial decisions and tactical prowess.
United fans brands writers Omar Garrick and Casey Evans discussed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s potential tactical alterations from the midweek defeat in the latest UnitedOnMyMind live show, which took place on Friday.
OG- “There is a bit of pressure throughout the whole team after the 2-1 defeat to Young Boys and there has been already pressure on the manager, unfortunately. I feel as if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to make a statement to silence his doubters.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer acknowledges the travelling fans following the 2-1 defeat vs BSC Young Boys “I think it’s the perfect opportunity to do so because West Ham are a good side and difficult to beat at their ground. The manager is always going to be in this situation.”
CE: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plays a very simple tactic. It’s just a very quick counter-attacking style of play with a lot of pressing when you play Fred and Mctominay and so on, it’s not rocket science.”
“I’m saying this is a journalist sitting in my office at home whilst he is probably on the training pitches coaching Ronaldo and Greenwood. The fact of the matter is, I don’t think it’ll change much.”
Solskjaer embraces Ronaldo. (Image: Getty Images 2021) OG: “A lot of people are being a bit too reactionary with the manager because obviously, he will be the scapegoat if the team doesn’t play well. I think people are going a bit over the top with Solskjaer, it’s just one game and I think there’s no need to be like that. It was a bad show in Switzerland but United will recover from that.”
CA: “I can see people’s logic in the sense we have the top goal-scorer in the history of the Champions League upfront, you’ve got so many great players, the players you’ve brought in. We live in an age of football where you can’t just sack a player.”
“The manager is put under so much pressure because he is the only one who is completely replaceable because you can just sack a manager. You don’t have to get another team to buy your manager to get rid of him like you do with a player.”
“In terms of where your selection comes in as a manager, the midfield is a problem area because it’s one of the places we thought we needed to buy someone and we haven’t bought someone.”
“I would personally like to see Fred and Mctominay because there’s something about West Ham’s midfield three that is a little too dynamic for Matic to deal with.”
OG: “West Ham’s midfield is very dominant and unlike the teams around them. It’s up there with an elite midfield if you compare it to United’s midfield, it’s arguably better in terms of their midfield pivot.”
“I think Ole needs to be a bit precautious in that sense and with players like Fred and Scott Mctominay he has that, that’s why he played them so much last season.”
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“They had stability but also a drive to go forward and I feel Mctominay is best in that no8 role where has that freedom to go forward. It will be interesting to see on that front especially if Mctominay is fully fit and ready to start.”
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