Man Utd need to find identity – Richards

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 27 2021

Manchester United need to ‘go back to basics’ and decide whether to back or sack Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says ex-England defender Micah Richards. United are seventh in the Premier League and were thrashed 5-0 by rivals Liverpool on Sunday at Old Trafford. "It's a team of individuals, not a collective," said Richards on BBC Radio 5 Live's Monday Night Club. 

"They all want to be the star man, instead of doing the basics of football, like running and tackling." Solskjaer, who scored the winning goal for United in their 1999 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich, has been the club's manager since December 2018, but not won any trophies. They finished second in the Premier League last season and signed French World Cup-winning defender Raphael Varane, England forward Jadon Sancho and re-signed Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d'Or winner. "If you're bringing in Ronaldo, what's your style of play?" asked Richards, who won the Premier League with Manchester City in 2011-12.

 "Ronaldo is available so you think 'get him', but you try to fit in [Bruno] Fernandes, [Paul] Pogba, Sancho, [Marcus] Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood in as well, so where's the balance? "Get some people in behind Ronaldo to do his work if that's what you want to do. Solskjaer said they would play on the front foot, but against Liverpool you will get picked off, just like they did. 

"Get back into a shape with two defensive midfielders to defend, full-backs tucked in and play counter attack. United are not as good as Manchester City, Liverpool or Chelsea so defend deep and do what you're good at - they need to go back to basics." Solskjaer helped United win the Premier League on six occasions as a player and Richards admitted he had some sympathy for the under-pressure Norwegian, who has faced calls to be sacked. (Agencies)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 27 2021

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