Teddy Sheringham insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be sacked if Man United don’t win a trophy this season – saying criticism from Rio Ferdinand and other pundits is part of the job and exactly what Sir Alex Ferguson endures
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was backed with £130m worth of players over the summer
- Man United brought in Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho . within
- But that has only increased the pressure on Solskjaer to deliver a trophy
- United haven’t won anything under Jose Mourinho since 2017
- Old Trafford favorite Sheringham fears Solskjaer will be sacked if they fall short
- United have lost three of their last four games after a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa
Teddy Sheringham believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be sacked if Manchester United don’t win a trophy this season.
Solskjaer gained a lot of support this summer as the club spent more than £130 million on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane and are under huge pressure to end the wait for silverware.
United continue to fight on the three fronts of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League after being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham last week.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under heavy pressure to deliver a trophy at Manchester United
United lost 1-0 to Aston Villa on Saturday at home to suffer their first league defeat this season
Cristiano Ronaldo cuts a frustrated figure during United’s disappointing defeat at Old Trafford
They have now lost three of their last four games after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa, putting further pressure on their manager.
And Old Trafford legend Sheringham fears for his former team-mate’s job if they don’t end a trophy wait that stretches back to 2017.
“There is undoubtedly pressure on him this year to win something. If he doesn’t win something, he knows the writing is on the wall,” Sheringham said Sports post.
“They have made big purchases in Varane and Sancho. That would be enough, but then Ronaldo becomes available, United take him over and they need to see results now.
‘Ole is still a young manager and is gaining experience on the job. At the highest level he only knows United and that is a tough job to leave. I think he’s making progress, but he needs to take it to the next level.
“I think everyone is willing to do him well, they want him to do well because he is a legend of Manchester United.
“That gives him some space, but you have to emphasize, he has to win something. It’s not rocket science.’
Solskjaer comforts Bruno Fernandes after his penalty miss late at Aston Villa
That condemned United to a third loss in four games because they had another setback
Solskjaer recently targeted Rio Ferdinand after the defender-turned-expert called injury-plagued Phil Jones a ‘waste of time’ and claimed he was ‘taking the position of a youth player’ in the squad.
The United manager called Ferdinand out, suggesting he knew nothing about Jones’ true situation, leading to an apology.
But Sheringham believes Ferdinand was well within his rights to voice his opinion.
Ole has his job to do, but everyone has an opinion. Rio has worked for BT and he has to say what he feels,” he said.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand (left) and Solskjaer had an exchange over Phil Jones
“It’s not a direct blow to Ole, someone asks and he gives his opinion. You can’t just say “Ole is fantastic, he is the best in the world…”
“People would say, ‘Are you crazy? He didn’t win anything.’
“Fergie learned that at United, you have to be able to handle that.”
Sheringham famously helped Alex Ferguson’s United win the Champions League in 1999 as part of their historic Treble triumph, scoring an injury-time equalizer against Bayern Munich before Solskjaer took the winner.
The likes of Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Peter Schmeichel in the dressing room ensured a winning mentality and the highest standards.
Sheringham (left) and Solskjaer celebrate United’s incredible 1999 Champions League victory
Sheringham scored United’s injury-time equalizer against Bayern Munich at Camp Nou
The two players with the Premier League trophy in 2001 – one of many they won together
And Sheringham hopes the presence of Ronaldo and Varane – who have won five and four Champions League titles respectively – will restore that culture at United.
“Having that on your team is invaluable. People who calm others down at the right time,” he said.
“Ronaldo is leading by example. I understand he gave an incredible speech before playing a few weeks ago about his desire to produce great football moments.
“There are so many years after playing football that you can watch and admire from a distance, but when you’re fit and able, do your best and you never know where it might take you.”
Varane and Ronaldo are proven winners and will raise the bar in United’s dressing room