Former Manchester United shot-stopper Peter Schmeichel has labelled the squad at Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s disposal as ‘average at best’ after yet another away loss last weekend, this time to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.
United had won three games in a row and fans had been optimistic ahead of the trip to the Vitality Stadium, however, Josh King’s excellent solo-goal secured all three points for the Cherries.
Speaking to the Premier League, Schmeichel said: “It was definitely not good, I feel for Ole, I think he is stuck between a rock and a hard place.”
“There’s not really a lot he can do. The fact is that it’s a very average squad of players that he’s got. To go to Bournemouth and to, not be bullied off the pitch, but at times played off the pitch, and with only one shot on target, it’s bad. We’ve all experienced games like that where it’s not coming off for you and stuff like that. But what really gets to me is the work rate – the work rate is just not good enough.”
“You play for Man United, you have to work hard for 90 minutes or however long the game is and there are certain players in there who come off the pitch and there’s no sweat on them, they look like they don’t care if those lose the ball or lose a tackle and don’t get the ball. For me, that’s not good enough.”
The result sees the Red Devils sit tenth in the Premier League table, behind Sheffield United, Bournemouth, Brighton and Crystal Palace after eleven games played. In addition, United are already eighteen points behind league-leaders Liverpool and Leicester City’s impressive run under Brendan Rodgers that has seen them jump to third – just two points behind Manchester City in second – has put any ‘rebuilding’ excuses to shame.
The next opportunity for Solskjær’s side to bounce-back is during Thursday’s Europa League clash against FK Partizan at Old Trafford, having beaten the Serbian side 1-0 in the first meeting.
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