Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has pointed out that the new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would require time to stabilize the club this season. He said that the players were struggling to match Liverpool’s speed and it would a certain amount of time to get their acceleration back.
It has been an uneasy start to the campaign for the Red Devils, gaining only 26 points in 17 games. It looked like the former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has favoured some players during his helm, whereas, others have been omitted from the starting eleven. This forced the management to relieve the Portuguese International from duties and appoint Ole Gunnar Soskjaer as the interim boss until the end of the season.
Paul Scholes spoke to the BBC yesterday and said that “It looked like they can’t go toe-to-toe with anyone, especially at Liverpool last week,”
“If they try and live with that, they just can’t handle the speed. What they’re doing in training, I don’t know.
“Whether they’re working hard enough, I’m not sure. It will take a little bit of time for Ole to get that up to speed. He’s not going to come in overnight and work them hard and all of a sudden they’re going to be running quicker.
“That’s going to take two or three weeks. They might not win a game for two or three weeks, we don’t know.
“But I think fitness is a big thing to work on and if they work as hard as any other team then they’re more than capable. There’s so much talent in the squad to start climbing the league.” he said.
The Red Devils legend said that players have not been performing to the level they are expected from this season. “The players performances haven’t been good enough.”
Paul Pogba posted a photo on Instagram aftermath the sack of Jose Mourinho. He was heavily criticised by Gary Neville and plenty of fans, but it turned out to be a scheduled post for Adidas sponsorship. It was instantly taken down.
“To celebrate when your manager gets sacked, I think that is a disgrace. As much as you don’t like your manager, you’ve still got your own personal pride and you’re playing for the football club.
“It will be interesting to see now what Ole gets out of these players. They’ve got no-one to hide behind now, especially Paul Pogba. If he comes out and starts performing then it’ll look like a good move.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was the reserve manager between 2008 and 2010 at Manchester United and has previous experience working with Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard. Scholes is confident that those two will stand up to the occasion.
“Ole’s been there with these players before when he was with the reserve team. He’s managed Paul [Pogba] before, he’ll know Paul.
“Paul’s a good lad, he’s obviously had his head turned and he’s not got on great with Mourinho but Paul’s a decent lad and Jesse Lingard as well. Ole’s managed these players before and hopefully he’ll get the right tune out of them and United can move on.”
New Manchester Manager Ole Gunnar Soskjaer will visit his old home Cardiff City as takes in charge of the Red Devils for the first time on Saturday.