Redknapp: Man Utd ‘nowhere near where they should be’

Lewis Oldham

Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Man Utd are miles away from where they should be under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

Manchester United face Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday. This is always an important occasion, but it is a special one for Solksjaer as it is his 100th game as manager of United.

Solskjaer took over as manager of the Red Devils in December 2019, to take over from Jose Mourinho. He has won 55 times as boss so far, which gives him a win percentage of 55.5% heading into the game against Arsenal.

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Man Utd have made an unsteady start to the new Premier League season. They have suffered damaging defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur. This leaves them down in 15th place after five games.

Man Utd’s 6-1 defeat to Spurs occurred just before the international break. They have responded really well to that defeat once domestic football resumed.

United drew 0-0 with Chelsea, but they beat Newcastle United 4-1. Solksjaer’s side have made a fantastic start in the Champions League, though. They have beaten two of last year’s semi-finalists in PSG and RB Leipzig 2-1 and 5-0 respectively.

Despite their recent upturn in form, Redknapp told Sky Sports that Solksjaer still has a lot to prove as manager of Man Utd:

“It was obviously an incredible start. When he first arrived we felt it was almost the second coming, a new Alex Ferguson!

“Everyone was so excited by the regime, we all thought that he’d got this group of players together and made everything better after what Jose [Mourinho] had done. But that was pretty short-lived.

“There’s a lot more questions than answers now. He’s done OK, I’d say, nothing more, nothing less.

“The position United are in is nowhere near where they should be. They’ve thrown a lot of money at the problem but haven’t always bought the right players… so I think if you’re to analyse where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man Utd are right now, they should never be in the bottom half of the table.”