Teddy Sheringham insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer WILL be fired if Man United fail to win a trophy this season – and says criticism from Rio Ferdinand and other pundits is part of the job and just what Sir Alex Ferguson put up with
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was backed in the summer with £130m spend on players
- Man United brought in Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho
- But that has only ramped up the pressure on Solskjaer to deliver a trophy
- United haven’t won anything since 2017 Europa League under Jose Mourinho
- Old Trafford favourite Sheringham fears Solskjaer will be sacked if they fall short
- United have lost three of their last four games after 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa
Teddy Sheringham believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be fired if Manchester United fail to win a trophy this season.
Solskjaer was backed heavily over the summer as the club spent over £130million on Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane and is under serious pressure to end their wait for silverware.
United are left fighting on the three fronts of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League after they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham last week.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under serious pressure to deliver a trophy at Manchester United
United lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa on Saturday to suffer their first league defeat this season
Cristiano Ronaldo cuts a frustrated figure during United’s disappointing loss at Old Trafford
They have now lost three of their last four matches after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa, piling further pressure on their manager.
And Old Trafford legend Sheringham fears for his former team-mate’s job if they don’t end a trophy wait dating back to 2017.
‘Without a doubt there is pressure on him this year to win something. If he doesn’t win something, he knows the writing is on the wall,’ Sheringham told Sportsmail.
‘They have made the big signings in Varane and Sancho. That would be enough but then Ronaldo becomes available, United acquire him and they need to see results now.
‘Ole is still a young manager and he is gaining experience while on the job. At the top level he only knows United and that is a hard job to leave. I think he is progressing but he needs to take it to the next level.
‘I think everybody is willing him to do well, they want him to do well because he is a Manchester United legend.
‘That gives him some scope but you have to emphasise, he needs to win something. It’s not rocket science.’
Solskjaer consoles Bruno Fernandes after his penalty miss late on against Aston Villa
That condemned United to a third defeat in four matches as they suffered another setback
Solskjaer took aim at Rio Ferdinand recently after the defender turned pundit described injury-plagued Phil Jones a ‘waste of time’ and claimed he was ‘taking up a youth player’s position’ in the squad.
The United manager called Ferdinand out and suggested he knew nothing of Jones’s true situation, prompting an apology.
But Sheringham believes Ferdinand was well within his rights to speak his mind.
‘Ole has his job to do but everyone has their opinion. Rio has been working for BT and he needs to say what he feels,’ he said.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand (left) and Solskjaer had an exchange over Phil Jones
‘It’s not a direct bang at Ole, someone is asking and he is giving his opinion. You can’t just say “Ole is fantastic, he’s the best thing in the world…”
‘People would go “are you mad? He hasn’t won anything.”
‘Fergie got that along the way at United, you have to be able to handle that.’
Sheringham famously helped Alex Ferguson’s United win the Champions League in 1999 as part of their historic Treble triumph, scoring an injury time equaliser against Bayern Munich before Solskjaer grabbed the winner.
The likes of Roy Keane, Gary Neville and Peter Schmeichel in the dressing room ensured a winning mentality and the highest of standards.
Sheringham (left) and Solskjaer celebrate United’s incredible Champions League win in 1999
Sheringham scored United’s stoppage time equaliser against Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp
The two players with the Premier League trophy in 2001 – one of many they won together
And Sheringham hopes the presence of Ronaldo and Varane – who have won five and four Champions League titles respectively – will restore that culture at United.
‘It is invaluable when you have that in your team. People who calm others down at the right time,’ he said.
‘Ronaldo leads by example. I understand he made an unbelievable speech before he played a couple of weeks ago about the desire he has to produce great footballing moments.
‘There’s so many years after playing football you can watch and admire from a distance but when you’re fit and able, give it your best shot and you never know where it could take you.’
Teddy was speaking at the launch of UEFA’s ’30 seasons of That #UCLFeeling’, in recognition of the UEFA Champions League’s 30th season’.
Varane and Ronaldo are proven winners and will raise standards in the United dressing room
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