Sky Sports’ Pundit Paul Merson has branded Manchester United’s game against Everton as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s biggest game of his managerial career.
Currently, we are 15th in the Premier League with only two wins from six matches, and the Gunners legend believes our next game against Carlo Ancelotti’s side on Saturday is a must-win for the Norwegian.
He told Soccer Special: “Solskjaer will be under severe pressure. Let’s be honest, this is Manchester United, the biggest club in world football, and where they are in the league is not acceptable. It’s not like only two or three games have gone. And not only that, the performances have been poor.
“The way they capitulated against Tottenham, Arsenal weren’t great but did a job on them. United looked lost, and then they went to Istanbul, who are not a top European team, and they have been beaten.
“If Solskjaer gets to Saturday [away at Everton], it will be the biggest game of his managerial career so far, if he gets to Saturday.
“(Mauricio) Pochettino was on Sky Sports on Monday. It all comes down to timing. Managers go on Sky because they want to be seen, and then people say, ‘I forgot Pochettino was out of a job’. I’m not saying Manchester United will say that, but fans and people do and it [the rumours] get going.
“If you look at Solskjaer’s record, he goes on streaks of six or seven wins, but then he could go four or five games without winning. You cannot have that, when you’re a top club like Manchester United and you want to win Premier League titles, you have to nip poor form in the bud early.
“Let’s face it, United are out of the title race. People keep saying the Premier League is open this season but who’s top of the league? Liverpool. The top team are still top. For the last 50 years and the next 50 years, you can’t get rid of 25 players, you just get rid of the manager.”