Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics criticized as Gary Neville tells him “United XI strongest man”

Here’s your Manchester United morning rundown on Monday, September 27.

Solskjaer’s tactics criticized

It has been a difficult time for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and he faces more pressure following his side’s loss to Aston Villa on Saturday.

The game looked set to end without a goal until the 88th minute, when defender Kortney Hause shot a near-post header past David de Gea.

Bruno Fernandes then dramatically missed a penalty that went over the crossbar.

And United having lost three of their last four games, at the start of a competition, an investigation is mandatory.

Manchester Evening News chief writer Samuel Luckhurst now writes that Solskjaer “doesn’t handle like a Manchester United manager with his tactics”.

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Neville’s United XI

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has named his strongest eleven if all the players at the club are in good shape – and there is no room for Jadon Sancho or Marcus Rashford.

In a Q and A with followers on Twitter, Neville said Sancho will not currently make the cut for the team’s top XI, with Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani chosen to lead the line by the former boss of Valence.

Neville also severed the “McFred” midfield partnership and revealed who he considers the club’s strongest goalkeeper.

But the XI was mocked by fellow Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher, who replied in a tweet: “So Pogba is no longer a left winger @ GNev2. The right winger you said the club are desperate for. don’t play and you have Ronaldo wide. Ossie Ardiles wouldn’t choose that team. “

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Divided fan base

The question over Solskjaer is a complex one and the division within the fan base as to whether to be “Ole in” or “Ole out” is becoming more evident week by week.

There is a consensus that most of the fans in matches want Solskjaer to stay because they have witnessed the harshness of recent years under Louis van Gaal and then Jose Mourinho.

United have strayed from their traditions. There has been no demonstration of the fast-paced counterattacking game they are traditionally associated with. Instead, it was slow, lethargic, and boring.

But other fans are on the “Ole out” train.

We have summarized both sides of the argument.

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