Manchester United have been told it’s time to end the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer project after a coaching ‘disaster’ as the Red Devils were beaten by Villarreal in the Europa League final.
talkSPORT has been told the manager is ‘not up to Man United’s standards’ and the club should look to appoint an elite coach to turn things around at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer was forced to admit it has not been a good season for United after his first final in charge of his former club ended in a penalty shoot-out defeat.
After a draw 1-1 draw, with Edinson Cavani cancelling out goal machine Gerard Moreno’s opener, the Spanish side lifted the trophy after a marathon shoot-out which ended 11-10 as David de Gea missed his crucial spot kick.
It has seen the goalkeeper make the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Thursday morning, with a woeful stat emerging over his terrible penalty record.
But De Gea’s spot-kick failure has only poured more pressure on Solskjaer, with questions asked over his tactical nous and game management.
Sports Bar host Jason Cundy led the reaction on talkSPORT, branding the final defeat a ‘disaster’ for United and their manager and said there is now an ideal break to think about replacing the boss.
And he believes Antonio Conte, who is reportedly set to leave Inter this summer after winning the Serie A title, would be a perfect appointment to bring silverware back to Old Trafford.
“There’s nothing positive, it was a disaster, this is a disaster for Ole,” said the Sport Bar host and former Chelsea defender.
“This was his big moment to prove everyone including me wrong, and he’s proved me right.
“That display was enough, I’ve seen enough there to move in a different direction. I don’t see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the man for Manchester United.
“Ole is held in such high regard, he’s a lovely guy and he’s well liked, he doesn’t seem like a bad person at all, but this is a ruthless industry.
“Going into next season there is a perfect break now, this is the perfect time.
“It’s hard to hear, but the truth is he is not up to Man United’s standard, he’s simply not.
“Antonio Conte, he’s won the Premier League and he’s just won the Serie A title, he knows how to win titles and he is a ruthless manager, he knows how to get a tune out of a team.
“He’s managed Italy at the World Cup – we’re talking about a seriously experienced man.
“Look, I’d prefer it if you didn’t (given his Chelsea links) but right now when I heard the news today (of Conte’s rumoured Inter exit) and I see that result – go and get him!”
Asked where it all went wrong for Solskjaer in the final, Cundy said he was simply outclassed by a superior coach in former Arsenal manager Unai Emery.
He added: “This game was enormous for Ole… but he didn’t make a sub until extra-time!
“Villarreal made five subs and in extra-time you sensed there was a change, you sensed there was a bit of a freshness about them.
“He changed half his outfield team, Emery, and you could see it in extra-time that United were treading water. They weren’t even close.
“Ole let Villarreal seize the initiative at that moment. Emery did a number on him, tactically. The game we saw was the game Unai Emery wanted us to see.”