Gary Neville has warned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he needs to upset his Manchester United players, or risk “losing himself”.
The pressure on the United boss continues to grow after his side suffered another home defeat, this time at the hands of Arsenal.
After thrashing RB Leipzig in the Champions League, hopes were high that the Red Devils could earn their first home win this term.
It leaves United with just six points from their opening six games, with many now questioning Solskjaer’s future.
And Neville believes that Solskjaer now needs to show a selfish streak and stick with the players he believes in, before offloading those he doesn’t in the upcoming January window.
“He’s got to pick a group of players and he might have to make some tough decisions, really tough decisions,” he told Sky Sports. “You’re going to have to really upset a few, there’s eight weeks to go until the January transfer window. He’s going to have to be selfish.© PA Gary Neville has told Solskjaer to be selfish ahead of the January window
“You mention about him not getting the players he wanted, but he’s got to make sure that he backs certain players and stays with them and then the ones he doesn’t want, he’s just got to maybe leave them out and not try and fit them all in at the moment.
“He’s trying to keep everybody happy, but he’s going to end up losing himself if he’s not careful.”
Neville went on to suggest that the failure to bring in Jadon Sancho in the summer window, could prove to be a major error, with United lacking balance on the right-hand side.
He added: “I think there was an element today of thinking that he could just put any four players in that diamond and it would go and work after what happened in midweek. But McTominay on the right-hand side, it wasn’t working after five minutes.© Pool via REUTERS Solskjaer has now watched his side lose three of their first four home Premier League games this season
“If you play on the right-hand side or left-hand side of that diamond, you’ve got to be comfortable moving out in that wide area. Wan-Bissaka is already a little bit awkward on the ball at right-back, so you need someone out there who can balance it out. And that balance on the right-hand side is a real problem.
“When Greenwood went off, it was even worse and obviously they wanted Sancho in the summer, to play on that side and it looks a really bad error in not getting that position recruited.”