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have been backed to cut ties with before the conclusion of the Premier League campaign, with it claimed that the Norwegian will pay the price for the club’s poor recruitment in the summer. and the United board failed to deliver Solskjaer his top targets, including Jadon Sancho, despite making five major signings.
United signed Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani, Facundo Pellistri and Amad Traore this summer but did not bring in any of Sancho, Jack Grealish, Dayot Upamecano or Nathan Ake, who it has been claimed were Solskjaer’s priority targets.
And having suffered two defeats in the first three Premier League games of the new season, external pressure is already increasing on Solskjaer.
The 47-year-old’s side were hammered 6-1 at Old Trafford by Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham before the international break.
And they are looking to bounce back today against Newcastle but Danny Murphy does not expect Solskjaer to last much longer in the Old Trafford hotseat.
But the former Liverpool midfielder believes it is the failings of Woodward and Solskjaer’s superiors that will ultimately lead to his downfall.
Player-turned-pundit Murphy told the Football Index podcast: “Manchester United have had a very shaky start to the season and I don’t see them qualifying for the Champions League this season.
“I don’t expect Solskjaer to survive the season as Manchester United manager. I like Solskjaer, but the recruitment has let him down and I expect him to pay the price.
“I think the balance of the squad isn’t right defensively and they’re far too easy to play against. Their captain Harry Maguire has looked well short of his best and obviously has distractions off the pitch.
“Even [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka looks like a shadow of the player we saw making tackles for the club last season. [Paul] Pogba and [brunp] Fernandes are exciting creative talents, but with them both in midfield I think it leaves too much responsibility on others to cover for them.
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“They simply won’t be competitive while they concede goals as they do.
“Manchester United had an incredible second half of the season last year and they did very well to secure third position with a place in the Champions League. I wonder if a few of the players started to believe their own hype and that has led to them underperforming this season.
“I think they need to go back to putting in the hard yards and showing the desire to outwork their opponents again.”
Murphy believes United wasted the summer window, though insists he did not understand the “obsession” with Borussia Dortmund winger Sancho.
The 20-year-old wide-man was Solskjaer’s No 1 target but United could not agree a deal with Dortmund, who wanted £108million for the England international.
“The summer transfer window was a huge missed opportunity for Manchester United and you feel they’ve lost the momentum they worked so hard to build at the end of last season,” Murphy continued.
“You compare Manchester United’s poor recruitment to Liverpool’s and they could not be more different in the way they’re able to identify players and get quality deals done.
“I didn’t understand the obsession with signing Jadon Sancho. He’s a wonderful player but it looks like the deal was never really going to happen.
“They should have moved on to other targets. [Donny] Van de Beek is an interesting signing and is a good box-to-box midfielder but again I don’t think he resolves any of the club’s problems.
“I find the striker situation very bizarre too. If this was an area Manchester United wanted to strengthen, why had they not identified a shortlist of players to pursue?
“And if it was Cavani they wanted, why not sign him weeks earlier so he could have a pre-season and be ready to start the new campaign?
“I like Cavani and I feel he could work out well, but he was clearly a panic signing.”
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