Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Angers Man Utd Fans With His Comments On Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez And Lack Of Strikers
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left Manchester United fans angry with his latest comments on Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez and the club's lack of strikers.
The Red Devils manager praised Lingard despite his recent struggles but admitted his side are one striker short.
He also insisted Sanchez still has a future at Man Utd despite being loaned out to Inter Milan following a miserable Old Trafford spell since his move from Arsenal in 2018.
And United fans on social media are not happy with Solskjaer's thoughts on the issues affecting their team.
Lingard's form this year has been criticised and the 26-year-old has no goals or assists in the Premier League in 2019.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Southampton, Solskjaer said: "Jesse has never been the most prolific centre-forward in front of goal.
"If you look throughout his career he has other attributes and Jesse's contribution this season has been fantastic for me, his first day in training he has shown that he is determined to stay in the team, to show me that he wants to because of his application in training and in games.
"Of course sometimes you want him to be more [clinical] in front of goal but he does so much other stuff. I left him out against AC Milan, he scored when he came on, and he scored two the day after when we played Blackburn here."
Manchester United sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan for £74million earlier in August while Alexis Sanchez also joined the Italian club on loan.
The Norwegian manager went on to admit that his team are missing a striker with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood their only options.
"We are one down, to be fair, but we just didn't find the right one," Solskjaer said. "We didn't find the answer that we wanted.
"I do like the one who scores scrappy goals in and around the box - a young Ole or something.
"It doesn't have to be a 1.95m centre-forward. It could be sometimes if we want to play with two up, maybe a different type to what we have."
But Solskjaer insisted that Sanchez will return to Old Trafford next season from his Inter Milan loan deal despite a torrid 18 months.
The Man Utd boss said: "I had a chat with him and for me if I can't guarantee regular football for Alexis Sanchez, it's better for the two of us that he goes and plays in Italy and shows what we know he's capable of.
When questioned if Sanchez and Roma loanee Chris Smalling still feature in future plans, Solskaer replied: "Definitely. This is a loan for a year. We expect them [Sanchez and Chris Smalling] to be professional. Go there and represent Manchester United as well. We want them to do well."
Constantly starting lingard will leave you like this in 3 months when you get sacked. pic.twitter.com/7IEwKmvKGg- Bagged fb! McTominayi1 (@39Mctominay) August 30, 2019
If he's not a creator or goal scorer whilst playing behind a front 3, then what is his purpose?- Kian:flag_ie: (@crosstheuniverz) August 30, 2019
Does he think we're all wearing the same broken glasses as him ?- Karla Hilton (@KarlaHilton1) August 31, 2019
Starting Lingard should be instant dismissal.
He had a purple patch but he's clearly regressed to a level of rank.
Roughly translated ..... I'm not competent enough to get him back to his best so I'll fuck him off to Italy and hope someone over there can get a tune out of him :rage::rage: There's always the bright side the £500,000 a week can go back into the glazers pockets :thumbsup::thumbsup:.- Deano (@deanwilcox71) August 31, 2019
:joy::joy:he protecting Sanchez value, why did he loan him then?:joy::joy:- utd-456 (@unitedinmybrain) August 30, 2019
He's had two years to find his firm and been absolutely dire. Solskjaer is coming out with more ridiculous comments every day which is worrying. :see_no_evil:- Olly Orange #GlazersOut (@orange_olly) August 30, 2019