Paul Scholes tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer what he must do to save Manchester United job


Below-par Manchester United were beaten 2-0 in the Premier League derby showdown at Old Trafford.

Paul Scholes has told under-pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to show some ‘conviction’ and prove that he’s the right manager for Manchester United.

After a heavy and humiliating defeat to bitter rivals Liverpool, key figures in the Old Trafford boardroom stood by the Norwegian on account of them having no succession plan.

Some parity was restored during the victory over Tottenham and follow-up draw vs Atalanta.

However, when going up against top-level opposition, yet again – in the Manchester derby on Saturday afternoon – United and Solskjaer were found wanting.

An own goal from Eric Bailly and a smart finish from Bernardo Silva settled the scores in favour of Manchester City to leave their close neighbours nine points off the Premier League summit.

That was, in part, owing to a later draw between table-topping Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge.

Similarly to other Old Trafford favourites, Scholes didn’t hold back post-match.

Speaking to Premier League Productions, he said: “The conviction has to come from the coach of the way you’re going to play football. Ole has been here three years now and we’ve come here not really knowing what he’s going to do.

“That makes the recruitment almost impossible because you’re not buying players for a system.

“Look at Pep [Guardiola], he’ll buy players for a system. He bought [Jack] Grealish this year for his system, he bought [Riyad] Mahrez in for his system. Jurgen Klopp brings Diogo Jota in as another forward for his system.

“We are bringing players in and trying to shoehorn them into positions.”

Scholes added: “Three years down the line you can see the evidence on the pitch. In this game and two weeks ago, we are a long way off. I do think we’ve got a group of good players, but Ole has to convince everyone that he is the right man to find the right formation for this team.

“Stop messing about changing it for everyone else.

He’s got to now have a conviction, whatever it is I don’t care – just have that conviction. I said before the 3-5-2 doesn’t suit the players in the team. [Aaron] Wan Bissaka is useless on the ball. A brilliant defender, but useless on the ball.

“Three centre-halves here and none of them that good on the ball. Ole has got to find a way, it’s his job by the way. There’s a squad of players there that could be okay.”


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