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sol destroying I’ve always thought Ole was out of his depth as a manager and I've seen nothing to change my mind

What is currently going on is not acceptable for United – not for a club of its stature

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Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks on as Man City manager Pep Guardiola directs his team

Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks on as Man City manager Pep Guardiola directs his team

Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks on as Man City manager Pep Guardiola directs his team

Yesterday in the Manchester derby, City simply toyed with United. It was like a cat with a mouse.

Manchester City had the ball and when they occasionally gave it back to a United player, they easily took it back again.

Quite simply, what is going on is not acceptable for United – not for a club of its stature.

I’ve always thought Ole was out of his depth as manager at United and I thought that on the day he got the job.

Sadly, he has shown me nothing since returning to the club to make me change my mind.

I mean, it is only the first weekend of November and United are nine points off the Premier League pace and could end up in tenth place in the table.

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Manchester City's Bernardo Silva scores Man City's second goal at Old Trafford

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva scores Man City's second goal at Old Trafford

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva scores Man City's second goal at Old Trafford

Come on, they have the players to be much better than that.

One thing about where Ole stands now – do you remember last summer when there was this to-and-fro about whether the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would sanction Harry Kane’s transfer to Manchester City?

That was the club chairman then. But after Antonio Conte’s arrival at Tottenham, it will be the manager who will make that call should City come back in for the England captain during the January window.

Imagine what will happen if Kane is sold against Conte’s wishes – Conte will resign two minutes later and Spurs will be in utter chaos.

But when Manchester United’s bosses foisted Cristiano Ronaldo on Ole two days before the end of January, there was no report that Ole said, ‘No, get me the two top defensive midfielders I need instead in the next 48 hours.’

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – would there be a queue of buyers willing to pay big money if United put any of Scott McTominay, Fred or Nemanja Matic up for sale on New Years Day?

They are the players who are supposed to protect a haphazard defence when United come up against the best teams in England and Europe.

Whether Ole survives this international window as the boss must be doubtful.

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 Referee Michael Oliver shows Cristiano Ronaldo a yellow card

Referee Michael Oliver shows Cristiano Ronaldo a yellow card

Referee Michael Oliver shows Cristiano Ronaldo a yellow card

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Maybe the club will stay with him until the end of the season, suspecting this campaign to be a lost cause.

The fact that the World Cup is not until next winter is a complicating factor.

Many top managers become available after a run with their country at the World Cup. But that won’t happen until next December.

If the Glazer family and their advisors do decide to make a move, who could take the job?

Of the top coaches out of a job at the moment, there is really only Zinedine Zidane, who won many trophies at Real Madrid with Ronaldo and Raphael Varane in his team.

There are also Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers who are in work and for whom compensation would have to be paid.

But would any of them come in to take the helm at Old Trafford without carte blanche to sell half a dozen of United’s serial under-performers?

And without the promise of plenty of extra money to spend on their own choice of players to turn this football giant around?

Remember, since Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013, United have backed four different managers to the tune of a net transfer budget of a billion pounds; yes, a billion.

That is an awful lot of money and now the club are looking at spending more and more, because the club’s leadership have made yet another mistake in the manager market.

Manchester City were superb yesterday, knocking the ball around with casual ease.

It’s such a pity that David de Gea in goal made that mistake for the second Sky Blues’ strike.

Because the Spaniard had been magnificent until that point, making save after save as the United midfield and defence went walkabout.

These are grim times for United and it will a long road back to the glory days.

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