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United fans might not turn against Ole right now, but that day may not be far away because we are not seeing the progress required from this team

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Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer consoles Bruno Fernandes after the midfielder's penalty miss

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer consoles Bruno Fernandes after the midfielder's penalty miss

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer consoles Bruno Fernandes after the midfielder's penalty miss

EXPECTATION is a dangerous commodity for any manager to deal with and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might just be a victim of that sooner rather than later.

United didn’t just lose 1-0 against Aston Villa at Old Trafford yesterday, as they were beaten by a better team and that will set alarm bells ringing.

All of us with connections to the club want Solskjaer to succeed because he has a special place in United’s history given all he achieved as a player.

That history got him the United job in December 2018 and it has ensured the fans have stayed behind him, even though he has not won anything as United manager.

Yet what games like yesterday do is use up the credits Ole has left and sadly, I fear he is down to the last few coins now.

United fans might not turn against him right now, but that day may not be far away because we are not seeing the progress required from this team.

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Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United looks dejected after missing a penalty

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United looks dejected after missing a penalty

Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United looks dejected after missing a penalty

Finishing second in the Premier League last season was viewed as progress of sorts, but the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho was both a blessing a curse of Solskjaer.

When a manager who has been in a job for as long as Ole is given gifts most managers could only dream about in the transfer market, he needs to win – and win big.

Going out of the League Cup against West Ham on Wednesday night was a blow United could have done without, but the Premier League and Champions League are the ones Solskjaer needs and I just don’t see him getting close to them.

Winning the title in England has never been tougher as Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool might just be the three best teams in Europe and they are all on United’s doorstep.

Then you probably have to get through at least two of those Premier League teams, as well as Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich to win the Champions League.

While Ronaldo will score plenty of goals and Varane should help their defence, United don’t look ready to win the big prizes.

You could feel the tension around Old Trafford as United were pushed back by Villa and eventually conceded the goal that felt like it was coming for much of the second half.

United were then given a lifeline in injury-time as they were awarded a penalty and despite his good record from the sport, I was surprised to see Bruno Fernandes step up to take it.

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For me, Ronaldo is the man you want in that pressure moment, but Bruno’s penalty is still in the air as we speak and might be landing in your back garden soon!

If Solskjaer can’t find a winning formula after adding two of the best players on the planet to his team in Ronaldo and Varane, questions will be asked.

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 Aston Villa players celebrate after their victory at OId Trafford

Aston Villa players celebrate after their victory at OId Trafford

Aston Villa players celebrate after their victory at OId Trafford

And it wouldn’t surprise me if they are already being asked in the corridors of power at Old Trafford.

While I was disappointed by United’s display, the other half of my heart was delighted to see Villa win yesterday.

I had some of the best years of my career at Villa Park and they deserved the victory that was earned by Kortney Hause’s late goal.

Losing Jack Grealish was a massive blow to Villa, but I have been so impressed with how they have started this season in his absence.

What manager Dean Smith has done by signing players like Danny Ings is ensure that Villa are no longer relying on one player to win matches for them and it was a team effort against United.

I was delighted to see the Villa fans celebrating at the end as they were fantastic to me during my time at their club, but the misery of United fans was hard to watch.

Solskjaer will know he has players at his disposal now who should be winning and as Frank Lampard discovered at Chelsea last season, legendary status at a football club won’t save you if you are not up to the job.

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