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EXCLUSIVE Former Man Utd striker points accusing finger at owners for club's failings


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

FORMER Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes any decision to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be viewed as a failure of the club's chief decision makers.

In an exclusive interview with the Sundayworld.com, United's former two-time Premier League title winner has offered a stout defence of Solskjaer's reign as the club's manager, and insisted Solskjaer should not carry all the blame for the club's enduring misery in the years since Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager in 2013.

After United failed to land chief transfer target Jadon Sancho this summer, Solskjaer's future appeared to reach breaking point as his side were crushed 6-1 by Tottenham in the final round of Premier League games before the international break.

While Saturday's 4-1 win at Newcastle lifted the pressure on Solskjaer, United now face a crucial week as they take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend.

Now, another of Solskjaer's former team-mates has leapt to his defence, as he told us the finger of blame needs to be directed at several key figures at Old Trafford as the club struggle to recapture the glory days he experienced under manager Alex Ferguson.

Speaking a BT sports event, Saha said: “If the club makes as many managerial changes as they have in recent years, maybe they need to look at themselves and realise they are making the mistakes in their choices.

"They pick the managers, the strategy of the club and if it doesn't work, it is not just the manager who has failed.

"If United start a season badly, Solskjaer is not the only one who has questions to answer. It is the board, the people who appointed him and the players as well, of course.

"Being Manchester United manager is not an easy job. It is tough to live up to the expectations that go with the job, but ditching a manager after three or four games of the season is not the way to go.

"This is why I believe the club needs to back Ole at this moment, instead of rushing to a judgement as we often do when three or four games have been played.

"Remember, when Ole got the job and everyone was convinced he had to be given a chance after they beat Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League playing some great football.

"Now things are going in a different way, but it's the start of the season and you have to understand why it is not perfect at this moment.

"I played with Ole and maybe you will say I am biased because he is a friend, but I think we should not forget the really visible improvements we have seen from United in the last year."

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