Paul Merson says European rivals Manchester United are hoping to win at Tottenham to keep Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in place at Old Trafford.
United’s first assignment after Sunday’s 5-0 debacle against Liverpool sees them travel to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – live Saturday night football – desperately need three points to ease the pressure on their manager.
Solskjaer has apparently been granted a stay of execution and the chance to turn things around, but another despicable performance and result will surely cast his long-term future at the club in doubt.
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In his last Air sports Chronically, Merson predicts that Solskjaer will get the victory he needs to keep his job, but explains that such a result would be welcomed by rivals Manchester United …
“Rivals want Man Utd to win so Solskjaer stays”
Everyone in and around the race for the top four and Europe – West Ham, Arsenal, Leicester – will sweat over Manchester United’s victory at Tottenham.
What’s damning is that they’ll want Manchester United to win so Solskjaer stays.
You just have to look at Chelsea since Thomas Tuchel arrived – they won the Champions League and now they are the favorites for the title – see what impact a new manager could have.
Unmissable match for Solskjaer?
I don’t know if Saturday’s game at Tottenham is a must-see for Manchester United.
If so, and the club keep a manager in place with his future dangerously on hold before every game, is that the right way to go? Can’t keep the coaching job on the line before every game because you have to ask where the club is going?
But you just know what’s going to happen. Manchester United will beat Tottenham, everything will be fine for another week. Then they could get a result at Atalanta and then they will probably be beaten against Manchester City.
Manchester United is going in circles. People keep saying they got better under Solskjaer, but what do you mean by “improved”?
It’s Manchester United, they’re here to win the league, not to boost the numbers or finish second. The second is not good for them.
Do Man Utd players deserve to keep their place?
The keeper did well, David de Gea was one of Manchester United’s best players. Without him against Atalanta and Liverpool things could have been a lot worse.
The real issue for Manchester United is who Solskjaer chooses and how he prepares the squad to get the job done at Tottenham.
The only positive point that I can take away from Sunday is that Raphaël Varane did not play. If he did play, what options could Manchester United and Solskjaer turn to next?
I’m not saying he would have made a huge difference in the result against Liverpool, but you could argue that he might be able to tighten up the squad when he comes back.
It’s a bit like the situation with Virgil van Dijk, when he plays for Liverpool they are a better team, but then again we have three years of proof with Van Dijk while Varane is not yet fully settled.
Players need to make things right
The vast majority of Manchester United players who started against Liverpool are international footballers. I dread to think of how many caps Manchester United XI have between them.
I’ll hazard a guess that the team has over 500 caps between them. It must have been the biggest loss for a team with this number of caps. Did a team with more caps lose at home in the Premier League by a bigger margin?
It is not a team of children; it’s not an inexperienced team that was like a rabbit in front of the headlights on a big occasion. It was a team full of internationals.
This performance was just unreal and should never happen, and when you put it in that context it makes the loss even worse.
Manchester United players are expected to suffer. We’re all talking about Solskjaer, but surely players need to talk about it a bit. I guess we’ll find out at Tottenham.
Premier League preview: Tottenham verdict against Redknapp’s Man Utd | Will West Ham’s rise to power continue? | Problems for Norwich, Everton
Pete Smith is joined by Jamie Redknapp, Oliver Yew and Simeon Gholam to preview another exceptional weekend of Premier League action.
PART 1 | Jamie Redknapp gives a preview of Saturday night’s football game between Tottenham and Manchester United. Will United bounce back from their humiliating 5-0 loss to Liverpool last weekend?
PART 2 | Pete Smith is joined by Oliver Yew and Simeon Gholam to anticipate Aston Villa against West Ham on Super Sunday. West Ham’s season continues to improve following their Carabao Cup victory over Man City. Will this good race continue at Villa Park?
PART 3 | Norwich vs Leeds on Super Sunday and Wolves vs Everton on Monday Night Football: the pressure mounts on Daniel Farke, Rafael Benitez looking for solutions.