Man Utd: Liverpool hero Didi Hamann makes Solskjaer sack prediction – Metro.co.uk


Didi Hamann expects Manchester United to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'soon'
Didi Hamann expects Man Utd to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘soon’ (Pictures: Sky Sports/Getty)

Liverpool hero Didi Hamann expects Manchester United to sack manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘soon’ and says the team’s recent performances have been ‘pathetic’.

Solskjaer’s side drew 1-1 with Everton on Saturday, following a shock home defeat to Aston Villa last weekend and another disappointing loss to West Ham in the EFL Cup.

Despite the team’s mixed form this season, Man United are still fourth in the Premier League and just two points behind early leaders Chelsea.

But former Germany midfielder Hamann has been underwhelmed by the Red Devils under Solskjaer and says it is ‘only a matter of time’ before Manchester United replace the inexperienced manager.

‘The one and only reason why Manchester United are still in the title race and doing alright in the Champions League is Cristiano Ronaldo,’ Hamann told Sky Sports.

‘I don’t know where they would be without him or his goals. It is all patchwork. Old Trafford, that used to be the Theatre of Dreams, now it is more like the Theatre of Nightmares.

‘Their performances are pathetic. At the moment, they just don’t play good football. Jadon Sancho is way behind expectations, which I don’t understand.

Red Devils legend Solskjaer is fighting to save his job at Old Trafford
Red Devils legend Solskjaer is fighting to save his job at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

‘With Varane they got a player with great experience and in Ronaldo they got one who knows the Premier League and I didn’t think it would take long to integrate him into the team.

‘Now I believe the pressure on the manager will grow a lot. I believe it is a matter of when – not if – they sack him, because he has been there too long for you not to see any progression.

‘They still play the same football which is not good to watch. That is not Manchester United.

‘I think there will be a change of manager soon. Whether the new manager will be able to utilise their potential, we will have to see.

‘But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not capable of that right now.’

Liverpool hero Hamann has major doubts over Solskjaer
Liverpool hero Hamann has major doubts over Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)

Solskjaer was once again forced to defend his position following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday and insisted he is ‘very confident’ he can take the club back to where they belong.

‘I’m very confident that we will get the best out of this squad,’ the Norwegian boss said.

‘A lot has happened this month and we’ve had Raphael [Varane] and Jadon [Sancho] with us since August, and Cristiano [Ronaldo] since September.

‘We’ve got loads to work on and we need to improve, we know that and I know that, but I do believe in this group of players and the coaching staff that I’ve got.

Solskjaer defended his position after Saturday's draw with Everton
Solskjaer defended his position after Saturday’s draw with Everton (Picture: Getty)

‘So, the short answer is yes. I believe in these players, I believe in the coaching staff and I believe we have something going.

‘The proof is in the pudding, we need results and you have to turn up. You can’t say “we did well against City and Tottenham last year”, we have to do it during the 90 minutes, whoever plays.

‘That’s the challenge, because every game in the Champions League and Premier League is a big game against a good team and every game as Manchester United is a potential banana skin, as we’re expected to win every one.’

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