Former Liverpool player, Danny Murphy, has revealed he expects Olé Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked before the end of the season.
The Red Devils made a superb finish to the 2019/20 campaign, as they secured third in the Premier League, ahead of Chelsea and Leicester City, and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.
This season, however, things have taken the opposite turn, with Solskjaer’s side losing 3-1 to Crystal Palace and 6-1 to Tottenham before the international break.
Pressure has mounted on Solskjaer, and speculations are rife about his future, and Murphy believes he will be sent packing before the end of the ongoing campaign.
He told Football Index Podcast: “Manchester United have had a very shaky start to the season and I don’t see them qualifying for the Champions League this season.
“I don’t expect Solskjaer to survive the season as Manchester United manager. I like Solskjaer, but the recruitment has let him down and I expect him to pay the price.
“I think the balance of the squad isn’t right defensively and they’re far too easy to play against.
“Their captain Harry Maguire has looked well short of his best and obviously has distractions off the pitch. Even Wan-Bissaka looks like a shadow of the player we saw making tackles for the club last season.
“Pogba and Fernandes are exciting creative talents, but with them both in midfield I think it leaves too much responsibility on others to cover for them.
“They simply won’t be competitive while they concede goals as they do.’
“Manchester United had an incredible second half of the season last year and they did very well to secure third position with a place in the Champions League.
“I wonder if a few of the players started to believe their own hype and that has led to them underperforming this season.
“I think they need to go back to putting in the hard yards and showing the desire to outwork their opponents again.”
United face Newcastle United later on Saturday, and will be hoping to overturn their fortunes with a win.