Unai Emery urges Manchester United to remain loyal to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he aims to make another dent in the besieged boss’s Champions League hopes with Villarreal
- Manchester United receive Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team suffered a shock loss to Young Boys on match day
- They have lost three of their last four games amid an early season blip in form
- Solskjaer is under intense pressure to deliver success to Old Trafford this season
- But he found an ally in Villarreal boss Unai Emery, himself knocked out by Arsenal
Villarreal boss Unai Emery has urged Manchester United to show patience with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite the poor start to the season.
Emery, who faces Solskjaer in the Champions League on Wednesday night at Old Trafford, knows how ruthless the Premier League can be after being sacked by Arsenal in 2019 after leading the Emirates for just 18 months.
Solskjaer is under pressure at United after losing three of his last four games, including Group F’s opening match against Young Boys in Switzerland.
Villarreal manager Unai Emery has expressed his support for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of his team’s meeting with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels intense pressure to deliver silverware this season
While there is no indication that his job is on the line, former team-mates Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Teddy Sheringham are among those who have warned the Norwegian should deliver a trophy this season.
Emery insists there is no reason for United to panic, saying: “I experienced that when I was at Arsenal. Solskjaer is a former Manchester United player and head coach who has a lot of support and respect.
He was in the Champions League last year and reached the Europa League final. He has many challenges ahead of him this year and it is true that he has had some negative results, but it would not be wise for the club to change their view of the head coach.”
Emery masterminded Villarreal’s shocking win over United in the Europa League final just four months ago, winning 11-10 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Gdansk, but he insists Solskjaer’s side will be on Wednesday. will be a favorite again.
Villarreal defeated United in last season’s Europa League final after a long penalty shootout
The Spanish club hopes to give United even more trouble in the Champions League
United can’t afford another defeat after shocking defeat to Young Boys on matchday one
“If we look at the squad one by one and take into account what Manchester United represent in history, they are the clear favourites,” Emery added.
“That team from the final also has Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, so if they were really good they got even better.
“I’m not afraid of Manchester United, we respect them and respect is important. If you lose respect, the other team can take advantage of it.
Have very good players individually – strikers like Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Ronaldo. These are three attackers who could play in any team.
Emery and Solskjaer greet each other during the Spaniard’s time as Arsenal manager
“They lost to Young Boys. It was the favorite versus the less favorite, but there was a surprise.
“Manchester United tomorrow will be the best Manchester United, they have to prove their power.”