Paul Merson Names Three Managers Who Can Win Premier League For Manchester United
Paul Merson has named three managers who he thinks would be able to win the Premier League title with current the Manchester United squad in a damning critique of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer’s men have suffered three defeats in four games, leading more questions over whether he can lead the Red Devils to silverware.
One of his critics is Merson, who said that a trio of bosses who are in charge of United’s rivals would do just that.
The former Arsenal star said that Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel would be capable of going further than Solskjaer if they took the Old Trafford hot seat.
“They need to get the right team – you are playing Aston Villa at home, who have not really got going this season, although if you beat them, it is still a good three points,” he told Sky Sports.
“But there is no need at Old Trafford to be playing two holding midfielders against Villa. Take the game to Villa straight away, if I’m them, that is telling me they are worried about us,” he added.
“The balance is all wrong and I said when Cristiano Ronaldo came he would not be the same player, and did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really need him?”
“This is the way I look at it – if Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola were at Man Utd, they would have every single chance of winning the Premier League, it is as simple as that.
“But I’ve said from day one they have no chance of winning the Premier League.”
Solskjaer has defended his decision to retain Scott McTominay and Fred as his tried and trusted duo in the centre of the park, despite a growing group of supporters being keen to see a more adventurous approach.
But Solskjaer is sticking to his guns, telling reporters on Tuesday: “The energy they give us, the way we broke up play against Villa. I think they’re very, very instrumental together in that respect. Energy and desire.”
“I really like to have the two of them. There’s two I can trust that will always, always give you what they’ve got,” he stated.
“Fans will always have an opinion on any team selection when you’ve got good players like me. It’s easy to say who should be playing, but it’s harder to leave players out.”
Asked what convinces Solskjaer that he is the right man at Old Trafford amid the “sticky patch,” he responded: “Of course, my focus is always to win the next game, short term and also think long term about squad building, keep improving, keep getting better.
“My focus now has just been on winning these games, getting back on track in the group because we didn’t start well enough with the defeat away from home,” he admitted. “And then we focus on the league again from Thursday morning.
“The position in the league, we would have loved to have got one or three points [on Saturday] and go top of the league, but we’re still up there. The season so far has started okay in the league, Champions League we know we need to do better.”
Solskjaer surmised: “With the squad, the coaches I’ve got, I still believe we can improve, and we will get that consistency.”