Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp reaction
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Manchester United legend Gary Neville has pointed the finger away from under-pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Liverpool ran riot at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. The Norwegian’s job security may be at an all-time low in light of the Red Devils’ 5-0 drubbing, with worrying claims emerging that dressing room support may be on the wane.
Solskjaer has broadly been a hit with fans since taking the reins permanently in 2018, but disastrous recent form is starting to see that support fall by the wayside.
With Liverpool leading 4-0 by half-time on Sunday, a chorus of boos rang out at Old Trafford as swarms of fans headed for the exits.
A Mohamed Salah hat-trick added gloss to a 5-0 victory, while United’s nightmare was compounded by Paul Pogba’s second-half red card.
The result leaves United humiliated and well off the Premier League pace, with more tough fixtures ahead.
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Worryingly for fans of United’s boss, ESPN claim that Solskjaer is now ‘losing the dressing room’ over tactics and selection.
In light of a social media post by journalist Mark Ogden claiming the blame for their poor form ‘goes right to the top’, Neville then had his say.
“Nail on the head!” said the former Red Devils right-back, presumably referencing ongoing fan tension with chief Ed Woodward and the Glazer family’s ownership.
Although United were praised for an active summer transfer window, it now appears as though their business was not particularly well-advised.
Introducing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho to an already talented attacking force has not turned the team’s fortunes around, despite setting the club back millions.
Although Neville has attempted to free his former team-mate from the inevitable pressure which comes with such a high-profile defeat, he admitted United are not good enough and need to make a change.
On commentary duties for Sky Sports during Sunday’s encounter, Neville said: “It’s been coming for five, six weeks. As soon as they’ve come up against a good team, they’ve been torn to shreds and it’s told them exactly where they are at.
“They’ve lost everything today – discipline, organisation. But what stands out in my mind is their organisation around the press.
“Manchester United are kidding themselves today that they are a pressing team. They are all over the place.
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“The manager and his coaching staff have to take the blame for the pressing game today.
“Why would you do that? They are not a pressing team. They haven’t got it in them.
“If you are going to press, put in Lingard and the others who can run all day.”
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