Manchester United legend Roy Keane has warned that the players will lose Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job if results don’t improve, insisting there are ‘too many bluffers’ in the squad.
United have conceded 11 goals in three Premier League games so far in 2020/21 and were beaten 6-1 at home by Tottenham last weekend. They had previously lost to Crystal Palace in another home defeat and were lucky to beat Brighton.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer / Alex Livesey / Getty Images The pressure is already mounting.
After the Spurs defeat, rumors were circulating that United officials had already ‘voiced’ Mauricio Pochettino about the possibility of taking over.
United’s ranks have been heavily criticized in the summer transfer market for failing to build on last season’s positive finish – they spent all summer chasing key target Jadon Sancho, only to fail and To complete four deadline day deals instead.
Now the feeling of déjà vu started in 2018 when United finished second in the Premier League, but failed to make the latter. Then boss Jose Mourinho was sacked a few months into the following season after performances fell off a cliff.
Kane has even warned that some of the players whose performances saw Mourinho sacked nearly two years ago are still at the club and could cost another manager his job.
Mourinho was sacked in 2018 after an under-strength squad failed to perform / Robbie J Barratt – AMA/Getty Images
“You all have bad days in football. Some players were a disgrace to Man United’s badge,” Kane said during ITV’s coverage of England’s international friendly against Wales.
“Too many bluffers and ultimately, these players will cost Ole his job. The players he has – they threw the previous manager under the bus. They will do the same to Ole.
An ESPN report earlier this week claimed United had missed out on all of Solskjaer’s top targets in the summer, echoing a familiar criticism former manager Louis van Gaal had previously leveled at Old Trafford. Aimed for the club’s promotion following his disappointing spell at Trafford.
Man Utd failed to sign top target Jadon Sancho in the summer / D’Foddy Images/Getty Images
Confidence and morale in the squad looked extremely low in the first few games, perhaps frustrated by the lack of expected reinforcements. But this group was good enough to qualify for the Champions League just a few months ago, while Solskjaer also has a responsibility to develop a better coach and players than the level they are currently showing.
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