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‘They’ve gone backwards’: Ex-Man Utd midfielder critical of Solskjaer appointment

Paul Ince says his Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prediction has come true, using Manchester United’s turn of form as a way to spout more rubbish in the media.

United have lost five of their last seven matches across all competitions, but it’s been a period of difficult fixtures for Solskjaer’s men, who most recently suffered a 3-0 defeat at the Camp Nou against Barcelona which saw their Champions League campaign come to an end.

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That means United will finish the season without a trophy for a second year running, but a top four finish is still up for grabs though the Reds will need to win most if not all of their remaining games.

Ince, who played for United between1988 and 1995, suggested that Solskjaer should not be appointed the club’s next permanent manager during his winning run at the start of his tenure and feels he has been proven right ever since.

The Reds have struggled since knocking Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League in the Round of 16. Ince correctly points out that United’s style has changed since Solskjaer became permanent boss, with less attacking intent contributing to fewer chances on goal.

Speaking to Paddy Power on Wednesday, Ince yet again questioned Solskjaer’s appointment and said the team has “gone backwards”, stating: “It’s a very, very tough job for Ole to take this team forward. People are going to have to be patient because United are miles behind their rivals.

“What worries me is, since Ole’s been named permanent manager, United are a different team.

“They’re playing in a different way. When he was the interim manager they were creating chance after chance, and now he has the job permanently they’ve gone backwards!

“I always said the pressure would be on if he got it permanently. I said this would happen months ago.

“This is why I said what I said at the time – I’ve seen it loads of ties that while a manager is interim the mood picks up and everyone feels like they have a chance. But when he becomes the manager, they’re worse than they were before.”

United’s are away to Everton on Sunday and it’s a must win.

Ince continued to warn the club about missing out of Champions League football, and I get a feeling he enjoys taking a swing at Ole at any opportunity.

“The real test is here, now. Can this manager and staff get the results to get United to fourth place?

“Because they need to. The top players don’t want to play on a Thursday night in the Europa League.|

At least Ince won’t need to worry about that if he ever returns to management.


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