Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty Images)
The father of former Manchester United
full-back Daley Blind has spared no punches in his assessment of Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer’s management of the club.
United have won just two of their last six
games in all competitions, leaving them fourth in the Premier League and third
in Group F in the Champions League.
After acquiring Jadon Sancho, Raphael
Varane and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo over the summer, the
expectation was that the Red Devils would challenge for silverware on all
fronts this campaign, but so far, they have looked off the pace.
Already, many fans are calling for
Solskjaer’s head, with Danny Blind pointing out that the Norwegian has failed
to implement a clear strategy during his time at the helm.
“What is the identity of this
team?” he asked. “What is his plan? It is exactly that what is
missing with Solskjaer.
“It does not always have to be full
pressing, but we don’t see any of it – everything in the United team is based
on the individual qualities of players.
“They have those qualities, and it
often gets a result for the team. But it is never a team result. It has not
been looking good in a number of matches. United struggle to be dominant –
that is the whole problem.
“After they took the lead against
Everton, they started to wait for them in their own half. They want to score on
the counter. But that is not good enough for a club like Manchester United.
“The next thing that you see is how
they struggle to turn the game around when Everton equalised. They hardly
created any chances.”
He continued: “We cannot say that
Solskjaer has had a long career at [the] top level as a manager before United.
“Yes, he was a champion in Norway. But
that is a different level. I know why he gets more time than other coaches; he
is a child of the club.
“He scored that legendary goal in 1999,
which helped them win the Champions League. But all that is not enough for what
is being produced right now.”