Manchester United should not sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite a poor run of form, according to Robin van Persie. The Red Devils have been inconsistent this season, losing their last two matches to Istanbul Basaksehir and Arsenal respectively.
That’s after impressive wins against RB Leipzig and PSG in the Champions League.
But in the Premier League there have been defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham as well as a drab draw with Chelsea.
That leaves Solskjaer’s side way down in 15th after their first six matches.
But Van Persie insists sacking the United manager is not the answer to the problems the club currently have.
“I’m not a big fan of sacking coaches, I never liked that. In most cases, that’s not the solution to suddenly finding the same team playing great football again,” he told BT Sport.
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“I’ve said it many times before about Solskjaer, give him time to really implement their ideas and in the end, I’m sitting here to give my opinion, not to judge his way of coaching or whatever.
“I hope they give him time, what’s in it for me for him to lose his job? I don’t want anyone to lose their job.”
United return to action against Everton in the Premier League on Saturday knowing a win is vital if they want to finish in the top four.
Solskjaer was asked about his future after the damaging defeat in Turkey last night.
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He said in his post-match press conference: “I decline to comment on this. Of course it’s early on and opinions are out there all the time.
“I’m employed by the club to do a job – and I do that to the best of my ability with our staff.”
Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes has challenged his team-mates to be more consistent in the coming months.
“We need to look: one week ago, everyone was talking about we’re going well, we’re doing amazing games,” he said.
“We won against Newcastle, we won against Paris, we beat Leipzig. We draw against Chelsea in one game when we can win.
“This game was important for us – winning the game to be comfortable in the table. Of course, making one or a few points again we [would have almost] passed [qualified from] the group.
“But now it’s the same. We are in a good position. We need to do the same: going for every game, trying to win, and it will not be different in the Champions League.”
Solskjaer will be desperate for a win on Saturday before his players go off on international duty for two weeks.
After that United face West Brom and Southampton in the Premier League as well as Istanbul Basaksehir in the return Champions League game at Old Trafford.
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