Paul Merson admits he feels sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man United

Arsenal legend Paul Merson says he feels sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United

Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson has admitted that he feels sympathy for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggles at Manchester United.

The Norwegian head coach is coming under increasing pressure at the Old Trafford outfit following a dismal run of results.

Solskjaer’s side suffered a 1-0 defeat by Newcastle United on Sunday following Matty Longstaff’s winner at St James’ Park.

Manchester United have already lost three times in the Premier League this season following losses to Crystal Palace, West Ham and Newcastle.

The Red Devils have only managed to score five goals in their last seven games since a 4-0 win over Chelsea FC in their Premier League opener.

Manchester United failed to register a shot on target in their 0-0 draw with AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League last week.

The 20-time English champions opted to sell Romelu Lukaku and loan out Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan in the summer.

Solskjaer was left with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood to lead the attack.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson says Manchester United are paying the price for poor transfer dealings.

“I feel sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United. He’s in at the wrong time, you can’t sell goals. Romelu Lukaku was their goalscorer, he might not chase the full-back but he puts the ball in the net. That’s what it’s all about. Who takes his job?” Merson told Sky Sports.

“This is a lifetime job. You manage England, you manage Manchester United, they’re the two. I wouldn’t see a queue round the block because they’re a million miles off. If you come in, you think ‘where am I taking this team?’. This is a six, seven-hundred-million-pound job.”

Manchester United will take on Liverpool FC in their next Premier League fixture on Sunday 20 October.

The Reds are 15 points ahead of Manchester United after just eight games.

Merson admitted it was “mind-blowing” how Manchester United are so far behind Liverpool FC.

He continued: “A manager like Allegri would come in next summer, if you want to give them a chance you’d have to say £700m. I’d want seven players, and in this day and age you aren’t buying any top-drawer players for anything under £70m.

“You look at the twist with where Liverpool are to where Manchester United are compared to where Liverpool were six or seven years ago, and you say how did it get like this? How?

“Liverpool have rebuilt, built a special team and United have gone the other way. I just don’t know what’s happened, I really don’t. It’s mind-blowing, it’s scary.”

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