Usain Bolt offers view on Man Utd man ‘lacking so much’ who needs axing

Date published: Thursday 18th March 2021 2:45 - Jonny Whitfield

Usain Bolt

Legendary Olympian and Manchester United fan Usain Bolt has picked out one member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad who should face the axe.

Despite early criticism, United have put themselves in a strong position to finish in the Premier League’s top four this season.

The Red Devils sit second, nine points ahead of fifth-placed West Ham with nine games remaining.

Several stars, including midfield general Bruno Fernandes, have proved vital in the club’s campaign.

Fred has worked alongside Fernandes for much of the campaign, but Bolt has said that he does not rate the Brazilian.

The eight-time gold medallist also spoke of where United need to strengthen to progress.

“I think Fred should not be in the midfield. I think he is lacking so much,” the 34-year-old told CNN. “He works hard, but he’s lacking passing and he gives away a lot of cheap fouls in bad areas.

“We definitely need more strikers, somebody that’s really a pure striker.

“I think [Edinson] Cavani needs to play more. I definitely feel like as long as he’s fit, he should be on the field, you know what I mean, and overall I think we need to just pressure all the players. I feel like they’re so comfortable now because they know they’re going to start.

“If you’re sure of your spot, then you don’t play as hard as you should. So it’s just one of those things I feel needs to change and we’ll be fine.”

Cavani, who signed for United in October, made a solid impact in his early months. However, injuries have halted the 34-year-old’s progress.

What’s more, his future remains shrouded in speculation, with his father claiming that he wants to leave this summer.

In return, United have a strong interest in Erling Haaland, one of the most coveted strikers in world football.

Bolt believes Solskjaer is too nice

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Meanwhile, Bolt also spoke about whether Solskjaer has a long-term future at Old Trafford.

Speculation earlier in the season claimed that United had contacted Mauricio Pochettino, before the Argentine moved to Paris Saint-Germain.

Since then, though, the Red Devils have forged a clear path to a Champions League finish.


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Bolt said: “If he changes – he’s too nice. That’s the only thing I can say, he’s too nice.

“He never really says anything bad about any player, even if they don’t play good and that’s the only thing, but if he changes and really pressures the players, you know what I mean, calls them out sometimes when they really didn’t put their all into it, then I feel like he should stay because he is cool and the fans love him.”

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