Ex-United player claims the club panicked in appointing Solskjaer

Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Ince, has claimed the club panicked into appointing Olé Gunnar Solskjaer as manager.

The Red Devils have only picked up 7 points from a possible 18, after losing to Arsenal last weekend.

Solskjaer’s side have also drawn just one of their home matches, losing the other three, for the first time in decades.

The poor form has put Solskjaer under immense pressure, with bookies predicting his sack in the coming days, and Ince suggests the Norwegian shouldn’t have been appointed the first place.

He told Ladbrokes, “They’ve been inconsistent for a while now – even before Ole took over.

“Then they went on that great run and he got the job. It was hard not to give him the job after that run. I do think the board panicked though.

“All the fans were singing his name, ordering the club to give him the job and they did. I think they should’ve waited until the end of the season. Let him have it as interim manager until the end of the season then see who’s out there, who the best man is for the job.

“I’m not saying Ole’s not the best man for the job, and getting that team last season into third place was a great achievement. But I look at United now compared to when I played.

“We had a presence. Teams were frightened of us. We already had teams beat before we walked out onto the pitch. Whether it was home or away, teams were frightened of Manchester United. I don’t see that now.”

He added, “Teams look at them and think they can take points from the game. We saw it against Arsenal, where United were woeful. We’ve seen Crystal Palace do it. Something’s not quite right.”

United play Istanbul Bakasehir on Wednesday evening, and will be hoping to bounce back from the weekend’s loss.