Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits he ‘probably’ made one poor decision – starting Harry Maguire…
For our Baby Faced Assassin, the pressure is undoubtedly starting to mount. Our Norwegian leader is staring down the barrel of losing his job following a dreadful run of form.
Yesterday was the worst result and performance I can remember. Manchester United were played off the park by Leicester City, in a game where individual brilliance saved the 20-time Premier League champions from being embarrassed.
Defensively, it was a mess from first minute until last. Harry Maguire was risked and thrown straight into the starting line-up after his first training session in three weeks. Sadly, the Englishman played a part in all four Leicester City goals…
After the game, Solskjaer admitted he ‘probably’ made a ‘bad decision’ vs Leicester as he chose to start his skipper. In a typical manner, the gaffer took the blame for the poor loss as United were well-beaten.
Check out what the gaffer had to say here:
“I pick the team, Harry Maguire showed no reaction and I hold my hand up if that does not work out. If we concede four, I probably made a bad decision.” Solskjaer told the media, including Shamoon Hafez.
Honestly, I’m not sure what happened. Whether Maguire just wasn’t ready or he just played poorly remains to be seen. I guess we’ll know the answer to that when we find out if he starts against Atalanta in midweek.
For me, it’s down to the manager. It’s up to Solskjaer to protect his players. He’s usually far more careful in these situations where players are returning back from injury. To me, this felt like a desperate play from a man who knows his job could potentially be on the line…
You also have to think about the effect this has on Maguire. He’s now going to be super-low on confidence coming up to a crucial period in our season. With Raphael Varane to be missing for at least another couple of weeks, it’s imperative we have Maguire playing at his absolute best. Right now, that looks unlikely.
Full credit to the gaffer for taking it on the chin and fronting up to the media, but we absolutely have to do better.
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