Ian Wright calls out Roy Keane as Man Utd chiefs urged to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reviews Manchester City defeat

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Arsenal icon Ian Wright has slammed Manchester United for their lack of direction and has called out Roy Keane for refusing to demand his former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is sacked. United have taken just four points from their last six Premier League games.

The Red Devils were beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester City on Saturday, just two weeks after being thumped 5-0 by Liverpool.

The side’s dismal form has seen Man Utd drop to sixth in the Premier League table – nine points off leaders Chelsea.

Following Saturday’s defeat, Keane turned his anger on the Man Utd players, rather than Solskjaer and once again refused to say that United should sack their boss, although he did admit “Ole will be under more pressure than after the Liverpool game”.

And Wright believes Keane and other former United players shouldn’t keep backing the manager if he’s not getting results – although he mentioned Rio Ferdinand who has since claimed it is time for Solskjaer to pass on the baton.

“Every pundit is seeing and saying the same thing – no direction, no coordination, no structure with great players,” Wright told Wrighty’s House.

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“If they get it right in situations, they are going to beat teams. But anyone who is organised against Man United, like we saw at Leicester, like we saw Liverpool do at a canter – you’ll cause them a massive problem.

“And that is happening simply because the manager has got to his level.

“I’m looking at ex-Man United players, Rio [Ferdinand], Roy Keane – now we are starting to hear stuff.

“They cannot wait to say this player is not good enough, that player is not good enough. We say it flippantly. But this manager has reached his level.”


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Solskjaer became full-time United boss in March 2019 after impressing in a four-month spell as the team’s caretaker manager.

The Norwegian led the club to a third-placed finish in his first full season in charge, before backing that up with second place last season.

The former striker also took his side to the Europa League final in May, but they were beaten by Villarreal after a penalty shootout.

And Wright believes United chiefs should look at Chelsea as a paragon after the Blues tasted Champions League success just months after sacking Frank Lampard and replacing him with Thomas Tuchel.

“I have to keep going back to what Chelsea did with Frank, their great legend,” Wright added.

“This is the thing with [Roman] Abramovich – he doesn’t care. If it is not working how he thinks it should be working, they are out.”

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