Manchester United legend Roy Keane has admitted there are now ‘serious questions’ over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future in the wake of their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. Eric Bailly’s own goal and Bernardo Silva’s strike gave Pep Guardiola’s team all three points. And the Red Devils now face a huge fight to save their season.
Manchester United were comprehensively outplayed by City on Saturday, with Guardiola’s side superior in every department.
And Keane, speaking on Sky Sports after the game, has conceded Solskjaer is now under immense pressure in the wake of this latest setback.
“You have to draw the line now. It’s not quite happening,” said Keane.
“Ole is a brilliant guy and an honest guy but management is about survival and he’s got to get a result in the next game.
“A coach or a manager can’t give a player courage. I have to remind myself it’s hard out there but they shouldn’t be 11 points behind Chelsea.
“I think Ole will be under more pressure than the Liverpool game. The way they lost, it’s a derby game.
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“Ole was shook up in that interview, it’s tough for a manager when you’ve got beat in a match and he’s getting asked hard questions but he’s steps up and he always has and I’ll give him that.
“But if you’re a manager, this morning he spoke about the players being in a good mood in the hotel whatever the hell they were doing, you’re going into a match looking at the bus and Shaw, Maguire, Fred and your job is depending on these guys? You’re in trouble.
“You got international players. Anyone who tells me Fred is good enough for United – they’re in cuckoo cuckoo land.
“Cavani is 30 odd you can’t hang your hat on him every week. I can imagine Ole looking at players and not knowing what you’re going to get.
“Micah will enjoy their day and they all have their little day, Liverpool one title in 30 years. Man United are in a bad place, but there’s a way out. Is Ole the man to do it?
“Huge question marks. I hope he is but it’s more hope than belief.”
“At the moment we are (far off top teams) we need to get back to where we were at the end of last season.
“I’m sure when we come back the players will be fresh and the demands will be high but we need to get back to what we were for a while and we have the players to do that.
“We’ve been through this a few times and since the last home game it’s been a very difficult period. Systems or style we need to be on the front foot more. I can’t look at myself and say this is how I want United to be.”
But while Solskjaer was gutted, Guardiola was delighted.
“More to come – he is so young. We play more games of our life,” he said.
“The City Blues, we know how important it is.
“Here at Old Trafford always a good performance in general since we are together, We have won many times, much more than at any other stadium. Solid performance, good game and deserved victory. Three more points.
“You have to put the ball in the fridge. A lot of passes, a lot of passes. Except 10 minutes in the middle when I thought we lose stupid ball, really good.
“The move is the ball, everyone has to be in their position. When you move much, not good. The ball comes where we are.”
On if they should have scored more, Guardiola added: “It is OK. I am so demanding, we are so demanding for ourselves but I am very pleased. This is the game we needed.
“They [Manchester United] are so dangerous. That is why we had a game with a lot of control. If you let them run at Old Trafford it is a little bit like Anfield. They are built for that.
“We played the game we needed today. You have to play quick, to move the ball and do the touches every player need but also try to put the ball in the pocket.
“The game was 2-0 and everything was comfortable. I felt didn’t need to change.
“Three games now 27 left. We dropped points at home. Right now Chelsea are unstoppable. We know we cannot drop much points to be close to them but against the big six we performed well.”