Simon Jordan has questioned how Manchester United’s decision to stick with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the club currently enduring their worst start to a season in 31 years.
Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa moved United onto 18 points from 14 games, with only four wins managed in that time.
The Red Devils sit six points above the relegation zone and eight points adrift of the top four with tough tests against Tottenham and Manchester City to come in the next week.
Speaking to talkSPORT, former Crystal Palace owner Jordan said that he is surprised the Norwegian has not been sacked following the club’s recent run of results.
“You can’t seriously suggest to me that part of the brief for Ed Woodward, Manchester United and fans is to say they are happy with a consolidation period where they’re in the middle part of the top-ten and that somehow it’s going to be something that will evolve the team,” the pundit said.
“It cannot be that you are the iconic club in the Premier League, not on performance terms now but on reputation, and the best solution you’ve got after two thirds of a decade of not winning the title is to go and get a substandard manager.
“It’s beyond me. You get the best in class. Man City have got the best in class, Liverpool have got the best in class. They’ve also got better players and they are more inclined to buy players and spend more money than Man United.
“So how the hell are you going to catch them?”
Many have called on United to spend in the January transfer window to solve their current problems, but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward showed reluctance on that with his latest comments.
The likes of RB Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho have been linked in recent weeks, but speaking to the United We Stand fanzine, Woodward said such business would be hard to complete.
“It’s a multi-year squad evolution analysis,” he said. “It’s hard enough to get three players done in a transfer window.
“To get six or seven done is extremely difficult if you are getting proper talent.”
United’s match against Tottenham comes as Spurs are enjoying a resurgence under Jose Mourinho, having won all three of their games under Mourinho so far.