Ian Wright slams Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and says Manchester United would be title contenders under Mikel Arteta

Ian Wright slams Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and says Manchester United would be title contenders under Mikel Arteta
The Arsenal legend believes Solskjaer is not getting the most out of his squad (Pictures: PLP / Getty)

Ian Wright has heavily criticised Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, branding his tactics ‘embarrassing’, and believes the club would be title contenders under Mikel Arteta.

The Red Devils are still yet to win at Old Trafford in the Premier League this season and limped to another home defeat at the weekend when Arsenal recorded a 1-0 victory thanks to a solitary penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Wright was scathing about United’s approach in that game and believes Solskjaer has been shown up by the work Arteta has done in a much shorter period of time at Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League
Arsenal have five more points this season than 15th-placed United (Picture: Getty)

Speaking on his podcast Wrighty’s House, he said: ‘Can I just say something, I’m just going to blast it in: If Arteta is managing Man United they are challenging.

‘Because, for me now I’ve got to the point where, when you look at the inconsistency of Man United with the components they have, the team that they have, what they should be doing – we’re talking about Pogba here, World Cup winner, you’ve got Tuanzebe who can’t even get on the pitch after marking two of arguably two of the most exciting and brilliant players in the world.

‘He’s using two holding midfielders when if he’s playing Tuanzebe he doesn’t need that! And you’ve got a manager who, for me, is playing off of vibes, he’s managing off of pure vibes.

‘Look at what Arteta has done in his time at Arsenal. We’re seeing coaching change, we’re seeing coaching on the field, we’re seeing impact. Look at Elneny, came out of the blue, found him and said, “He can do this for me, he can do that for me”. He’s making the parts work.

‘And looking at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who’s got a Man United team with this Telles – I think Telles looks like someone who could do something – Harry Maguire is starting to get back to what he can do, we know what Harry Maguire can do, with Tuanzebe next to him and Wan-Bissaka, and the goalkeeper is starting to find his form, they should be doing better than that.

‘What they did against Arsenal the other day, for me, for Man United, coming off the back of the two results, was embarrassing. Roy Keane was saying the players will get him the sack. It’s not just the players.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League
Wright believes Solskjaer is the problem, not the United players (Picture: Getty)

He continued: ‘I’ve not seen in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time up to this point something that says, “Okay I can see it, I can see what he’s trying to do there”.

‘Just seeing him use Fred and McTominay in the double pivot, at home… because even against RB Leipzig, they didn’t play well. It was towards the end of the game they scored the goals, it looked like “Oh my God Man United absolutely hammered them”. But for them to come and play against Arsenal with Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford coming infield, surely the gameplan would be to get someone on the ball that’s going to stretch Arsenal.

‘Man United could not get out, they didn’t have the forwards to actually know to come and spin, because they didn’t have enough time on the ball. That’s what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan should have been, how are we going to exploit the space that Arsenal don’t want Man United to run into. This is where, for me, he’s failed.’

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