Paul Merson: Cristiano Ronaldo thwarts Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United plan | Football News

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Paul Merson believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s autograph “threw out the window” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United plan.

Solskjaer was sacked as Manchester United manager after an “embarrassing” 4-1 defeat at Watford, which is his top goal for Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino to take over next summer.

United have confirmed that Solskjaer’s assistant, Michael Carrick, will be appointed interim, and the club has also announced their intention to appoint an interim manager by the end of the season.

After finishing second in the Premier League last season and the summer signings of Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, United chiefs were expected to see further progress in this campaign.

In his final column, however, Merson said that United started the season in a worse place due to Ronaldo’s signing.

‘Ronaldo’s singing threw the plan out the window’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hugs Cristiano Ronaldo after last-minute equalizer
Ronaldo has scored 9 goals for United this season.

I feel sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. After finishing second last season, he had a plan at the beginning of the season. Jadon chased Sancho for a long time, took him in, and gave Edinson Cavani another year.

You could see his plot: you play Cavani in both games, you have Sancho on one side and Marcus Rashford on the other, Mason Greenwood comes and goes, you have speed, strength, energy, youth, skill. .

Then, just before the season starts, he takes on Ronaldo. I think you threw everything out the window. They are not a better team with Ronaldo from day one.

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You can’t be beaten 29 games without playing a certain way, and bringing in Sancho gave them another weapon to play that way. With Ronaldo there, you no longer have that weapon to counterattack. And Bruno Fernandes was their best player last season – hardly touched this season!

Everything is snowballing for Solskjaer. He had a plan and Ronaldo threw everything out the window just before the season started. They went for him as they heard Man City was after him. United did not call Juventus and ask if they were available because Ronaldo is the missing link in United’s Premier League win. Not him!

‘We can’t let him go to Man City – it’s bad enough that they finish above us every year anyway!’ they thought.

‘Ronaldo is a legend but Manchester United need a team’

Ronaldo retired to the bench in their 1-1 draw with Everton in early October and did not seem happy with the final whistle.

Solskjaer tried to relegate him to Everton in early October – people say he was resting, but they had international matches a week later! He had hoped they would beat Everton to justify his stay with the same team. This backfired and he suddenly had to go back to playing with it every week.

They chased and caught Sancho for 18 months and he’s not playing. People say they don’t need Sancho, but he was perfect for the way he plays counter-attacking football. Now they can’t counterattack and the plan completely and completely flew out the window.

It’s a forward-looking issue. Fans love Ronaldo, he’s the king. Don’t get me wrong, he’s one of the best players in the world, but this is his Achilles heel. The man is a legend with his recordings, but that is not today.

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Speaking in early November, Merson insisted that Manchester United were a better side without Ronaldo.

It’s normal for people to say, “He did his job, he scored goals.” But United need to play as a team to win trophies, they don’t have someone who stands out and kicks the ball 20 times a season. They need a team.

He’s a legend. I don’t think about Ronaldo and he will go down in history as one of the best football players ever.

But on Transfer Deadline, I got hit from day one. I was murdered for saying that they were further from winning the league than before when they signed him. It’s not Solskjaer’s fault – Solskjaer didn’t buy it!

I think they need to find him a position and maybe give him a free role. I don’t know if you can keep him in the team, I don’t think they are dominant enough in midfield and they are everywhere without Raphael Varane on defense.

‘Why wait to bring in the permanent boss?’

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Gary Neville has reacted to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal as Man Utd coach and thinks the dressing room at Old Trafford is broken but hopes the fault lies with the manager and not the players.

It’s a shame to be beaten like that at Watford. Forget the farewell of Harry Maguire. They were killed even in the first half. You would think Watford was playing on a downhill slope with the wind behind them. It was so one sided.

They’re talking about bringing in a temporary manager until the end of the season. Why? Before the United challenge this is a very difficult job, it’s not about fixing the boat.

No matter how much they cost, they now need to find a manager. You pay £70m, £80m for a player, but they need a manager.

If you get one in the summer and it doesn’t start well, they’ll say, “This isn’t my team, I didn’t get this player or that player”. The new manager should be cleared as early as possible before the season starts.

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