Dietmar Hamann, a former Liverpool midfielder, has ripped Manchester United to shreds, believing that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal is a foregone conclusion.
The Red Devils have had a shaky start to the season, with recent defeats to West Ham in the Carabao Cup and Aston Villa in the Premier League, followed by a 1-1 draw with Everton last weekend, raising concerns about their home form.
It remains to be seen whether Man United can recover from this setback, but Hamann is adamant that Solskjaer has no chance of doing so.
When he first took over, the Norwegian tactician appeared to be a risky hire, and he arguably hasn’t made enough progress after being given so much money to spend on his squad.
Hamann was unreserved in his criticism of Solskjaer, claiming that he has turned the Theatre of Dreams into a land of nightmares and claiming that Cristiano Ronaldo has been bailing them out nearly exclusively on his own.
“The only reason why Manchester United are still in the race for the Premier League title and doing alright in the Champions League is Cristiano Ronaldo,” the German pundit told Sky Sports.
“I don’t even want to know where they would be without him and his goals. It is all patchwork. Old Trafford – that used to be the Theatre of Dreams. Right now, it is more like nightmares than dreams.
“Their performance is pathetic at the moment. They just don’t play good football. Sancho is way behind expectations, which I don’t understand.
“With Raphael Varane, they got a player that has a lot of experience, and with Cristiano Ronaldo, they got one who knows the Premier League. I thought it would not take that long to integrate them into the team.
“I believe the pressure on the manager will grow a lot. It is only a matter of time when – not if – they sack him because he has been there for too long, and you don’t see any progress.
“They still play the same football that is not good to watch. That is not Manchester United. I think there will be a change of manager soon.
“Whether the new manager will be able to utilise their entire potential, we will have to see. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not capable of that right now.”