Schmeichel highlights familiar failing with Solskjaer’s Man Utd

Date published: Tuesday 3rd November 2020 4:16 - Matthew Briggs

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Legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel says Manchester United need to find their “identity” after watching them slump to a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal last time out.

United are enduring their worst Premier League start since David Moyes’ 2013-14 tenure.

United’s domestic start to the season has been awful with Sunday’s defeat to the Gunners leaving them without a home win this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are already nine points behind the leaders Liverpool and two Champions League wins over PSG and RB Leipzig have not papered over the cracks.

A growing number of pundits have been critical of Solskjaer and Schmeichel is unsure what the long-tern plan is.

Schmeichel believes the club are still in “transition” and thinks Solskjaer needs to add more new signings to the squad.

Schmeichel told beIN Sports: “They are inconsistent. Make no mistake, this is still a team in transition and a developing team.

“They still need to bring new players in. It’s still a team that needs to find its identity and to find the main characters of the team. That was evident [against Arsenal].

“It was very hard to see what we were trying to do. I have to say, it was made fairly easy for Arsenal.

“It’s something that needs to be worked at. I still think we’re trying to recover from the 27 years of one manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] and finding a new identity.”

 

 

The 56-year-old former Danish international also called for United’s big players to “improve”.

“I think some of the big players need to improve,” Danish icon Schmeichel added.

“There are a few players in there that are recovering from a lot of unwanted media attention that has nothing to do with football.

“A few big players are under pressure from external things, like Maguire and Greenwood.

“You have to be happy, the camp has to be happy, to challenge for titles.”

Barnes says ‘Man Utd way’ does not exist

Meanwhile, John Barnes says the “Manchester United way” does not exist anymore and thinks Solskjaer should copy Jurgen Klopp.

Solskjaer, who says anything can happen this season, has eased the early-season pressure on him after two Champions League wins over PSG and RB Leipzig.

The Norwegian was beginning to feel the heat, culminating after the 6-1 home defeat to Spurs.

Back-to-back wins, and two good performances in Europe has alleviated the pressure, but the former United super-sub does tend to go from crisis to crisis at Old Trafford.

Barnes thinks it’s time for Solskjaer to “stamp his own authority” on United and stop living in the past.

“He [Solskjaer] likes to talk about the old Manchester United way, which doesn’t exist anymore and you can’t go back,” Barnes told Premier League Productions.

 

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