April 19, 2021

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Man United fans split as Simon Jordan offers stinging Solskjaer criticism

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Manchester United fans are split after Simon Jordan directed his latest stinging criticism towards Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claiming they won’t win a league title under his stewardship.

Speaking on talkSPORT after United earned bragging rights with a 2-0 victory against runaway table-toppers Manchester City, the former Crystal Palace owner argued that Solskjaer will never bring the Premier League title back to Old Trafford.

Jordan did, though, accept that the Norwegian has improved in the dugout since returning to a club where he spent 11 years as a player between 1996 and 2007.

That wasn’t enough to prevent a passionate reaction from supporters on social media, however, as some jumped to the defence of Solskjaer, while others strongly agreed with the talkSPORT pundit.


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Speaking on his daily show alongside fellow host Jim White, Jordan said: “You look at the job he is doing and it’s a decent job. I have always said it’s a decent job.

“But I don’t look at Manchester United and think it’s okay to make them competitive. When did it become seen that Manchester United had to become competitive?

“I thought Manchester United were built to win. I thought they were one of the few teams in the Premier League that don’t pay win bonuses to their players, because they expect to win.”

Jordan added: “I don’t look at it and say; ‘Well done for having three years of getting this side competitive. Well done for having £500m or £600m of talent, perceived talent in football terms, on the pitch – and every now and again, you can get very compelling results’.

“It’s irrelevant. They can beat Manchester City, but they have got to win the league. They may well win the FA Cup, they may well win the Europa League. I don’t think they will, but they may well do.

“They won’t win the Premier League and I don’t think they will win one of those two tournaments either.

“When it comes to the moment, the big moment when you really have to be tested as an elite manager and an elite team – against teams who won’t play like Man City, on the front foot and allowing you to come on to them – teams will bank up and say; ‘Work out how to unpick us’.

“Manchester United have proven that, A, tactically they haven’t got the nous to do so and, B, they haven’t got the acumen on the pitch. C, they also haven’t got the acumen in the dugout to make the changes to be able to effect the outcome.”

When pressed if United will ever win the Premier League with Solskjaer in charge, Jordan replied: “I don’t think so and that’s been my constant analysis since he walked through the door from Molde.

“Of course, no-one sees an implosion like Jurgen Klopp. But he needs an implosion from the others, as well. He needs Guardiola to be off his mettle, he needs Tuchel to not be the manager we think he will be – and he needs Klopp to stay as he is for Manchester United to win the league.

“If you look at Solskjaer, I think he’s morphing all the time into a better manager. I’ve always said, if you’re happy to let him learn his trade on your time, then that’s entirely up to you. But will he get you the end result? I don’t think he will.”

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What the fans are saying on social media;

@Jason_Kavanagh said: “This is getting ridiculous. This is not a one-off. He’s got a good win % against the best in the business, improved us each year, took the game to City and they had no answer, but yet Ole is still getting stick. The agenda against him is beyond ridiculous.”

@TotallyMUFC posted: “Well said. Celebrating derby victories while rivals won trophies used to be for Liverpool and City, but I’m now called negative because I expect more, after nearly three years, than just a few good results.”

@Waltham_Bear added: “Given the board didn’t back Ole in the summer with any of his first choices, I think he has done really well so far this season. Imagine this side with Sancho and Grealish in it? I think we would be considerably closer than we are now. Back him this summer and see what we can do then.”

@Hammerin12 said: “I can’t agree more. Both LVG and Jose won trophies with far less talent and that wasn’t good enough, but now suddenly winning a derby is the end-all.”

@RyanTomson3 posted: “Why is there the narrative that Ole can’t win the league at United when we haven’t won it under any manager we’ve had since Ferguson?”

@timscoreboard added: “Simon’s sailed too far on the good ship ‘criticise Ole’ for him to disembark now, no matter what we do this or any other season under Ole. If we win something it’ll be because we ‘should’ and, if we don’t, it’ll be down to Ole.”

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