RB Leipzig 3-2 Manchester United, fans have ask the Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave the club over their UEFA Champions League (UCL) exit on Tuesday night as they lost 3-2 to Leipzig.
It could have been a week that proved Manchester United are on the right track under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but instead, their season is in danger of derailing.
A 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig on Tuesday was enough to cut short United’s return to the Champions League, and they will be back in the Europa League in the new year. On Monday, Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola dropped the bombshell that the France midfielder will not sign a new contract and wants to leave the club at the earliest opportunity. Manchester City, visitors to Old Trafford on Saturday, are waiting in the wings to make it a hat trick of crises.
Pogba was left on the bench for the make-or-break clash against Leipzig — Solskjaer insisted before kickoff the decision had nothing to do with Raiola’s explosive interview with Tuttosport, which was published just as the players landed in Germany on Monday evening — but by the time he was introduced after an hour, United were already 2-0 down and well on their way to an early exit.
“We didn’t perform as a team well enough, and that’s always the manager’s responsibility, to get everyone ready,” said Solskjaer afterward. “We knew they were going to come at us, we knew they were going to put crosses in the box and, unfortunately, we conceded two goals and never got going.”
United remain steadfast in their belief that Solskjaer is the right man for the job, but there will be questions asked about how his team have managed to be eliminated after starting the campaign with victory at Paris Saint-Germain and a 5-0 demolition of Leipzig. Ultimately, they have paid a high price for the 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir that looks even more ridiculous now than it did on the night. Paul Scholes branded the result in Turkey “a disaster.”
Solskjaer is the first manager to lose six of his first 10 Champions League games in charge of an English club, but he is not in any immediate danger, having built up enough goodwill with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and owners the Glazers. However, he will know enough about the club’s recent history to be aware that when Louis van Gaal’s United were knocked out of the Champions League with a 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg in 2015, it was the beginning of the end for the Dutchman. Six months later, he was replaced with Jose Mourinho.
Mauricio Pochettino would have been forgiven for allowing himself a small smile as he continues the search for his next job. Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann and PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, the two managers who will progress from Group H at Solskjaer’s expense, would also be in the frame, but United are not at that point yet.
Solskjaer, though, should be worried that he asked his key players to step up ahead of a crucial game and they did not. Even more concerning was captain Harry Maguire admitting they “weren’t it at” from the start of the biggest game of the season.
Needing only a point to qualify, Solskjaer picked a back five that included Luke Shaw, handed his first start for more than a month after recovering from a hamstring injury. But for 30 minutes, it was hard to tell if United were playing five defenders or none at all.
United fans taken to twitter to react as #OleOut trend on social media asking Ole to leave the club over disappointing UCL exit on Tuesday night.
“Again, How you start a game with Mctominnay and Matic when you have Van De Beek and Pogba? Was shaw necessary? Solkjaer is good coach but not good enough for Manchester United. #OleOut”
“Enough is enough with this heartbreaks”
“🤝 I can’t stay up all night just to watch this total and absolute horse shit of a performance at 4:00am. 🔴”
“If we are a serious club Solskjaer gets sacked and Maguire and Lindelof never play again…
But because we are not these same problems will continue.”
— Comeback Kings (@Elijahkyama) December 8, 2020
“The boss and the skipper are keen to put Tuesday’s disappointment behind us, and look ahead to our next challenge.”
“Im not surprised #OleOut is trending, we came in with a defensive line-up and Manchester United left it too late before scoring, they want to claim comeback kings, Rubbish. Its not everyone that’s Southampton.
At least my GOAT, Ronaldo scored ❤, the Ram was busy running”
“Dear Manchester United fans,, remember the “ole is on the wheel” chants?? What happened to the road😂😂😂. You said you’re kings of comeback😎😎😅😅😅….ooh what a comeback to the Europa League🙌🙌🙌🙌😆🤣.”
“I’m sick to death of Ole Gunnar freestyle. No consistency, different formation every week, shocking subs, bullshit excuses. Get him gone now”
Manchester United to Europa League HERE WE GO! Total agreement reached with RB Leipzig and PSG. Last bid is accepted by the United defence. £80M as final fee. Money bank transferred under the reference #SANCHO2020. Confirmation soon. #RBLMUN #UEL #OleOut
— Fabrizio Romano (@CarefreeLewisG) December 8, 2020
Ole started 5 defenders Against A team he played Attacking And won 5 to nil, As if the stupid mistake is not enough, He Sub 4 out of 5 defenders And replaced them with another 4 defenders.
Va de beek was on bench, Pogba, mata And Ighalo was on bench in a match you pic.twitter.com/N5VzDCLV6f
— Ifedolapo Osun (@DolapoOsun1414) December 8, 2020