Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told the club owners Glazers that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need time to bring the best out of the Red Devils squad as per the report in English outlet Express.
With the help of a favourable first few fixtures of the season, the Red Devils enjoyed a decent start to the campaign as they accumulated 13 points in the first five games in the Premier League. However, following the defeat against Young Boys in the opening fixture of the Champions League, things have started to go downhill.
Since then, Solskjaer’s side have lost in six of their last 12 games in all competitions. The Old Trafford outfit are currently sitting sixth in the league table with 17 points and five points behind the fourth-placed Liverpool.
According to the report, although the Portuguese superstar’s private thoughts aren’t known to anyone, Ronaldo has already stated publicly that Solskjaer needs time to bring the best out of his players. The 36-year-old has also told his teammates that they should keep on working hard and give their best on the pitch. Ronaldo said:
“We are in a moment in my opinion that Manchester (United) do a few changes; they buy me, they buy (Raphael) Varane and (Jadon) Sancho. The adaptation will take time, even the system of the game that we play, but I think step by step we have to put it in our mind that everything is possible.
Ronaldo further stated that the players and the coaching staff should take the blame for this current situation. He said:
“We have to [take responsibility]. To play for Manchester United and to be a coach of Manchester United you will always be criticised, and you have to accept that it’s part of the business to criticise you.”
Is Ronaldo still backing Solskjaer, despite the recent results?
Despite the public statement of Ronaldo about backing Solskjaer, the Portuguese has shown his frustration about the team’s performance time and time again this season.
Solskjaer has showcased ineptitude against tactically sound oppositions this season. The Norwegian’s side have displayed a better performance against a stronger opposition by deploying a counter-attacking system over the past few campaigns.
However, the Old Trafford outfit haven’t been able to replicate that performance this season. So, despite remaining at the helm of Manchester United for almost three years, the Norwegian’s side do not look anywhere near winning the title anytime soon.
Meanwhile, following the defeat against Manchester City and Liverpool at Old Trafford, few former players have already raised their voices for a managerial change. However, the Red Devils hierarchy are not keen on replacing the 48-year-old. So, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.