ESPN pundit and former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley believes Manchester United must sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and sign at least three players in the important positions to turn things around.
To the utter embarrassment for the fans and team alike, Man United side lost to a struggling Watford, who are fighting to keep themselves in the Premier League two goals to nill. All talks of a major recovery have taken some serious pounding now that the Red Devils find themselves eighth in the Premier League table, seven points adrift of the top four.
United have fared well against the top teams in England so far this season, beating Manchester City, Chelsea and Leicester and drawing with Liverpool and Arsenal. However, they have struggled to break down opposition who allow United to have more possession of the ball.
Burley says the problems grow deeper than with manager Solskjaer but says the Norwegian should be replaced. The pundit believes United then need to sign a striker, a No 10 and a deeper-lying midfielder.
Man United lack flair with all their money, where’s it gone?” Burley told ESPN FC.
“Against the City’s of this world and the Liverpools and Tottenhams and teams of that ilk that come out and press them and probably have a little bit more possession, then they can use their pace on the counter-attack.
“But most of the teams in the Premier League are not like that, so most of the time United have more possession and are having to break teams down.
“It’s been a struggle and boy it’s been ugly and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better.
“They need a central midfielder that can pull the strings, they need a No 10 that can open a door and they need a striker.
“That’s just three positions, you can go on and on and on. The problems run deep, the problems are not just with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the problems run deeper than that.
“But he is part of the problem, the players are part of the problem for Manchester United.
“It’s not going to get better anytime soon unless the restructuring of this football club changes and the manager changes.
“Man United’s struggles continue and don’t look like going anywhere soon.”
United conceded twice in the space of five second-half minutes to lose at Watford. But Solskjaer says he was more frustrated with the first-half performance from his side.