Italian press have expressed their verdict on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after drawing against Atalanta in the Champions League.
The Red Devils displayed a lacklustre performance against La Dea in midweek but came away with a point courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo’s two goals in the stoppage time on both halves.
Following the game, the Italian press have criticised Solskjaer heavily and TUTTOmercatoWEB have rated the Norwegian 5.5 out of 10 and said that United were very bad against the Serie A side. The outlet said:
“Bad, very bad indeed. It is not an easy moment for his team and he finds himself against an aggressive Atalanta that leaves little breath. He clings to Ronaldo, the one most criticised.”
Another Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport wrote that the Manchester United boss looked flustered and his side reflected their manager on the pitch and seemed frightened against the organised Atalanta team. The outlet wrote:
“Even when things don’t turn out, your coach is in confusion and your teammates are frightened, they know how to find the play that gets you out of trouble in nothing. And tonight Cristiano Ronaldo gave tangible proof of this.”
Atalanta performance showed Solskjaer is out of his depth:
Following the defeat against Liverpool, Solskjaer changed the formation and went with three at the back against Tottenham Hotspur and Atalanta. However, after displaying a disappointing performance against the Italian side in midweek, it is apparent that the Norwegian boss is running out of ideas on how to turn his fortune around.
Despite producing poor performances in recent times, Solskjaer is continuing with the same players without giving any chances to his fringe players. After coming onto the pitch in the 87th minute, Sancho and Van de Beek looked promising during the last few minutes of the game. But, the Norwegian boss is reluctant to use his full squad.
With the Manchester derby on Horizon, any slip up might force the Red Devils hierarchy to dismiss Solskjaer and it will be the perfect timing given the international break will commence after this weekend.
So, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Solskjaer. United are currently sitting fifth in the table with 17 points in 10 games and eight points behind the league leader Chelsea. Any slip up from now on might end the Red Devils’ chance of mounting a title challenge.