Ole's repeated failure to deliver on the big occasions should be a real worry for Man United

By Sports Desk May 30, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An unexpected and heartbreaking defeat to Unai Emery's Villareal in the final of the Europa League has shifted the focus of discussion back to the tenure of Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

By some measures, reaching the final of the Europa League and finishing second in the English Premier League (EPL) would count as a successful season for many clubs and coaches.

The lofty air surrounding a club like United, however, which has been brought about by decades of success, makes it difficult to paint Solksjaer’s trophyless season as anything other than a failure and he himself has admitted it.

Plenty of optimism surrounded the former player being officially handed the reins of the club in 2019, after a fairly successful stint in charge the previous season.  Since then, however, he is yet to really kick on, and worryingly, and ironically unlike his days as a player, has shown a propensity to not deliver on the big occasion. 

In addition to last week’s shock defeat, he has lost three semi-finals in the EFL Cup, FA Cup, and previous Europa league competition.  For many looking on, it signals that Solksjaer may simply lack the ability to deliver under pressure and that is a trait that United cannot afford if they ever wish to return to the glory, glory Man United days.

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