Michael Owen: What I really think of Man United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Michael Owen delivers his honest assessment of Man United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season
Michael Owen has accused Manchester United’s players of showing a lack of desire at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
The Red Devils have been in poor form in recent weeks and their hopes of a top-four finish ended on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.
Manchester United will now have to settle for Europa League football next season as the Red Devils look to regroup during the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils initially responded well following Jose Mourinho’s sacking at Old Trafford back in December, but their form has tailed off dramatically since Solskjaer was appointed as the club’s new permanent manager.
And former Manchester United striker Owen seems to think that the Red Devils are in need of a summer clear-out at Old Trafford.
Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Owen said: “You watch them expecting it to be an average performance and being quite pleasantly surprised if it’s a decent performance,
“And that’s just habit now. They’re not going through the pain barrier to work their socks off, to put in the challenges and go the hard yards. And consequently, they’re putting in poor performances.”
He added: “I’ve given them the benefit of the doubt. They are better players than that, we’ve seen them in the World Cup. We’ve seen some of them win the World Cup, surely they’re better?
“They went through a dozen games under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer where they proved that they actually were top players again. They looked good and there was energy about them.
“You can’t show you’re capable and then play so badly for so long. Even if they just ran around and tried, put the effort in – their football ability is natural. I’m not saying they’re as good as Man City and Liverpool – they’re not.
“But how we’re talking about this team where top four is the bench mark is unbelievable. It’s not good enough.
“There needs to be a change of a lot of things at the club, including the players. Just to get a new set of desire, attitude within the players.”
Manchester United will play their final Premier League game of the season on Sunday when they host Cardiff City at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have not won the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge in the 2012-13 season.