Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under huge pressure at OId Trafford following Manchester United’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.
And former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie Redknapp has accused the manager as being “too nice,” insisting the players look as though they are on a “holiday camp.”
Both United and Solskjaer have been the victims of scathing criticism this week following the Reds’ 5-0 mauling at the hands of Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Defeat to Liverpool has left United, less than ten games into the Premier League season, eight points behind current table-toppers Chelsea, highlighting just how much trouble they currently find themselves in, with Sunday’s hammering leaving them without a win in their last four league outings.
Saturday’s trip to Tottenham could act as a last-ditch opportunity for Solskjaer to turn things around and save himself from the axe, but Redknapp has accused the United boss, ultimately, of being too soft, suggesting that he should be more critical of his players.
“When you look at Man Utd now as a team and an organisation, the defeat to Liverpool didn’t surprise me at all,” Redknapp told the Essential Football Podcast.
“Obviously the scoreline was something you wouldn’t predict before the game, but I didn’t expect anything other than a Liverpool win. When you look at the two sides, one is an organised, well-oiled machine and the other is a team full of quality players and individuals, but I don’t think they’ve got a structure or organisation in place and it doesn’t feel like they’re playing for each other right now.
“The players are playing too individually, not collectively, and I do think that comes down a lot to the manager.
“It’s a situation right now at Man Utd where players look like they’re not taking information on board, and it certainly isn’t working. I know there’s talk about giving Ole more time but I don’t know how you can say ‘we’re going to give a manager until the end of the season’ when right now you can see everything is unravelling.
“I’ve been in dressing rooms before when things aren’t working for the manager and that’s what it looks like to me. It looks like that dressing room, in the kindest way, it feels like it would be a bit of a holiday camp. I can’t imagine Solskjaer is going in there pointing his finger telling players what they’ve got to do.
“Everything just seems too nice. Players are getting away with things and that’s a recipe for disaster in football.”
As reported by the Manchester Evening News on Monday, United were considering sacking Solskjaer, but have since decided against doing so, meaning he will be in charge at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend.
However, Redknapp believes the United boss will have to be sacked if United’s woes show no sign of improvement soon.
“They’ve bought themselves a bit of time but if they lose against Tottenham and then lose a couple more games, I’m sorry, but he can’t stay,” he continued.
“It’s difficult because it’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, of course, he’s a well-respected figure at the club. I said two years ago, it’s going to be like shooting Bambi. But you have to sometimes look at what’s best for the team.
“Even he will look at it and go, ‘I can’t keep my job under these circumstances.’ The club have spent an enormous amount of money since he’s been there, they’ve brought in great players and now they still look miles off.”