Drop Cristiano Ronaldo, change Paul Pogba and stop pressing, otherwise you will end up SEVENTH – .

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Drop Cristiano Ronaldo, change Paul Pogba and stop pressing, otherwise you will end up SEVENTH – .


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in survival mode as he fights to keep his job as Manchester United manager, but if he gets it wrong they could finish as low as seventh this season.

United are still reeling from a record 5-0 home loss to Liverpool in what has been described as one of the worst performances in club history.

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Solskjaer rose to the top of the Premier League sack race following the disastrous performance which saw Liverpool accumulate four goals in the first half.

The Norwegian appears to be set to leave Old Trafford for the first time since taking office almost three years ago, with a list of issues piling up and the dating list looking incredibly intimidating.

The Red Devils face Tottenham live on talkSPORT on Saturday at 5.30pm, and have a huge opportunity to show Liverpool’s result was just a blow ahead of massive challenges against Manchester City and Chelsea.

And former Premier League star Darren Bent has identified three issues that need to be addressed instantly if Solskjaer is to have any chance of pulling his side out of their current mess.

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Solskjaer will have to make huge changes if he is to make it through an intimidating fixture list

« [Scott] McTominay and Fred, I get it because people say ‘Well I wouldn’t play them’ but you have to play against someone, ‘Bent said of United’s midfielder dilemma.

“Very clearly [Paul] Pogba does not want to play this role. When I look at Pogba in terms of when he’s playing that holding role, his best job is either when he’s coming in from the left or when he comes forward when he’s got someone like a [N’Golo] Kanté next to him.

“Pogba’s problem when he’s playing in midfield is that he doesn’t feel the danger.

“Now if you’re a starting midfielder you’ll always look at the positions on the pitch thinking ‘if he loses the ball there, am I able to affect him’.

Pogba made United's misery worse with a red card for a horror challenge 15 minutes after arriving

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Pogba made United’s misery worse with a red card for a horror challenge 15 minutes after arriving

“It’s always like what happens next, but when Pogba has the ball and he plays that holding role, when he advances, he doesn’t think about” well, if I return the ball here, what happens. is it going behind me? Because he just doesn’t want to play that role.

Bent then moved on to the big talking point of signing Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, which some argue does not benefit United due to his lack of pace of work, despite the number of goals he has already scored.

“I think for Ole he has some big decisions to make,” Bent explained.

“If he wants to play this whole pressing game he might have to bite him a little bit and say ‘you know what, Ronaldo was good but [Edinson] Cavani in terms of energy, pressing, working hard from the front, is a much better option than Ronaldo because every time Cavani comes in he runs everywhere, he works.

Ronaldo has six goals in nine games since returning to United, but hard worker Cavani may still be the best option

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Ronaldo has six goals in nine games since returning to United, but hard worker Cavani may still be the best option

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, if he wants to survive much longer in this role, he will have to start making big decisions and that includes excluding the big guys. “

Pressing has become an important part of modern football, but United clearly struggled to coordinate when trying to make it work.

Solskjaer was asked about the change in tactics following the 5-0 humiliation to which he said: “It’s a good question, we are at home, we play against Liverpool, and I think Man United, we should always try to brand our authority on the game at home.

Although Solskjaer managed a good result against Guardiola, United fans will be terrified to see City on the two-game fixture list.

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Although Solskjaer managed a good result against Guardiola, United fans will be terrified to see City on the two-game fixture list.

Bent discussed United’s lack of a plan when he tried to retrieve the ball, comparing it to other top teams.

“When you look at Liverpool, Chelsea, City, when they press forward you can see there is a real intention to get the ball back,” he said.

“When I watched United, certainly the last few games, there are people who are going to press just to appease the fans, they have absolutely no chance of winning the ball just to show the fans” look, I try ” .

United's pressing game was everywhere as Liverpool went wild

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United’s pressing game was everywhere as Liverpool went wild

“It comes down to good training, the triggers, the way you attack, the way you defend, the way you press together, it all comes down to what happens on the training ground because you can’t just do it, it doesn’t. it doesn’t work like that, not at this level.

Bent was then asked by co-host Ally McCoist where United could end up under their current manager if they didn’t make any changes, and quickly replied: “Seventh. If they keep Solskjaer all season, honestly, seventh.

“If they want to play like they did against Liverpool and Atalanta, any of the top eight teams could beat them any day. “

Whatever Solskjaer’s reaction, we at least know that Man United superstar Marcus Rashford wants to redeem himself.

Rashford only recently returned from a shoulder injury

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Rashford only recently returned from a shoulder injury

He finally broke his silence on social media and tweeted “I can’t lie, you haven’t heard from me here because as a United fan I didn’t really know what to say after Sunday.

“I was embarrassed. I am embarrassed. Our fans are everything and you didn’t deserve that. We are working hard to try to resolve this issue.

“We have to redeem ourselves. ”

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