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under-fire Jamie Carragher points accusing finger at Kieran McKenna after Man United mauling

"You can't have people learning on a job, who have never been at a club like this in their lives. Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna... they've never coached before in their lives. They need someone who has been there before.

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer REUTERS/Phil Noble EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer REUTERS/Phil Noble EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer REUTERS/Phil Noble EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Jamie Carragher has questioned whether Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has what it takes to succeed at Old Trafford and hinted he has the wrong coaching team around him after his side were left humiliated as Liverpool won 5-0 at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer is under huge pressure after a desperate defeat for his side against their biggest rivals and former Liverpool defender Carragher suggested the United boss needs better staff around him as he clings on to his job.

"We have seen a team versus individuals and that is the huge difference," Carragher told Sky Sports. "This Liverpool team is a team and a lot of people saw the team-sheet and were fancying Man Utd. What is happening on the training pitch? The organisation is just not there.

"When we talk about Manchester United as a team, I don't feel too bad in saying Manchester United need a better manager.

"To have someone to go to the next level to take them to a Champions League or a title, unfortunately, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will never be as good as Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel. It's starring you in the face.

"We have seen Gary Neville on Sky Sports saying Manchester United should have the best in class as their manager and if you are going to have Ole, you have someone like Carlos Queiroz as a coach.

"You can't have people learning on a job, who have never been at a club like this in their lives. Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna... they've never coached before in their lives. They need someone who has been there before.

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Kieran McKenna with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: Matthew Peters/Getty Images

Kieran McKenna with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: Matthew Peters/Getty Images

Kieran McKenna with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Photo: Matthew Peters/Getty Images

"Liverpool fans, you are watching the best of times, world class players, stars and a special manager, but Manchester United are an absolute mess.

"I don't think Liverpool were at their absolute best, whenever they made passes - it’s a joke of a back four the way it is playing, Keystone Cops type of defending. Man Utd and Liverpool are the biggest rivals maybe in world football, you are not going to get that opportunity too often.

"The Manchester United board have to be panicking now. What do they do?"

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Carragher's Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville has been a vocal supporter of Solskjaer during his reign as United boss and despite the Liverpool hammering, he insisted this was not the moment for him to be sacked.

"This is bad as it gets, we have all lost matches in a bad way, Sir Alex Ferguson lost 6-1 against Manchester City, I lost 5-0 at Newcastle, it happens, but it is the nature of the performance, they have capitulated," said Neville.

"Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will get that chance to change it I believe, but there will be untold pressure from every source. The manager will get an absolute battering and there will be calls for his head like you would not believe in this next 24 hours. The thing that stands out in my mind is the organisation around the press, pressing aimlessly without a real trigger, Liverpool just pulling them apart - so many other things.

"He and his coaching team have got to take the blame for the way the team press. Whatever happened at Leicester has been repeated today, I can’t believe the tactics of pressing - they are not capable, they haven't got it in them - Rashford, Greenwood, Ronaldo, you are not going to win the ball back with those three, you have to play on the counter-attack.

"Solskjaer has played for three years deep and on the counter attack, I have no idea why he has tried to press here. This Man Utd team are incapable of pressing."

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