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Solskjaer can’t take United further – Former Arsenal star

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken Manchester United as far as he can.

Solskjaer led Man United to the Europa League final in the just concluded season, but lost to Villarreal, who finished seventh in La Liga.

The defeat to Unai Emery’s side meant United have not won a trophy since 2017.

In Merson’s column for Daily Star, he wrote: “Solskjaer has taken Manchester United as far as he can.

“I thought he was totally outwitted by Unai Emery in the Europa League final. Villarreal are not a great team, but he got out-coached.

“Arsenal got absolutely slaughtered for playing exactly the same way as United did against them. They were poor.

“You thought Solskjaer would change it. They had no pace up front, so what does he do? He puts Fred on!

“Marcus Rashford was having the worst game of his life. You have to see that as a manager. You have to accept it and take the guy off. And you have a goalkeeper who hasn’t saved a penalty in five years and never looked like saving one in the shoot-out. Take him off!

“It’s too NICE for me. Ole is everyone’s mate. He’s not ruthless enough He probably didn’t want to upset people by making those subs.”

Some fans have called for Solskjaer to be sacked, but there is no indication the club want to let him go.

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