Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure after another disappointing result at Old Trafford.
A late header from Kortney Hause gave Aston Villa their first away win in 12 years against the Red Devils, although this would have been denied had Bruno Fernandes converted from a late penalty.
It’s fair to say that Solskjaer will be happy to see this week’s comeback after losing to West Ham United in the EFL Cup third round and then that latest setback.
Man United huffed and puffed to find the opener but couldn’t break Dean Smith’s side and couldn’t get the ball for star man Cristiano Ronaldo in dangerous situations.
As the 11 players on the pitch were unable to force the opening, Solskjaer began to receive criticism from his supporters for not making changes earlier, while after the loss “Sack Ole” was in trending on Twitter.
And his handling of the game has been criticized by former Premier League ace Micky Gray and talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.
Harry Maguire had had a calf problem but his mangaer waited for a change before succumbing to the injury, and Crook was unimpressed
He said: “A criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from some sections of Manchester United fans that he is not responsive enough.
“We’ve been saying for ten minutes that Maguire isn’t fit enough to continue, why did it take Ole ten minutes to come to the same conclusion?”
“Well that’s where the manager has to make the decision Alex,” Gray added.
“If you say to Harry ‘are you okay?’ he will nod his head and he will say ‘yes I am fine I want to continue’.
“The manager then has to be like ‘well you are not, I have to make this change’, which is why he has international players on the bench to come.”
While it was unfortunate that he had to make two substitutions due to injury, the last substitution he had was made in the 82nd minute.
Edinson Cavani, returning from injury, was propelled onto the pitch with eight minutes left in an attempt to find a winning goal.
Unfortunately for him, his team-mates and his manager, no goals came in as Villa recorded a famous victory at Old Trafford and put pressure on Solskjaer.
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