Man Utd Boss Solskjaer Slammed For ‘Waving The White Flag’ After Man City Title Admission
Man Utd boss Solskjaer slammed for ‘waving the white flag’ after Man City title admission.
Micah Richards believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was wrong to write off Manchester United’s title chances. Former Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards has urged Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to avoid ‘waving the white flag’ in the race for this season’s Premier League title. The Red Devils stormed to the summit of the table in December and January, embarking on a 13-game unbeaten run to snatch top spot, but have since been pegged back by local rivals and current league leaders City. United now find themselves in second place, five points behind Pep Guardiola’s side, who have the added benefit of a game in hand.
The club’s latest blow was delivered in the dying seconds of Saturday’s draw with Everton when Dominic Calvert -Lewin’s last- gasp equaliser prevented the hosts from claiming a valuable three points.
The result prompted Solskjaer to dismiss his side’s chances of claiming the Premier League title at the end of the season.
“We’re not talking about winning titles,” he said after the final whistle. “We’ve come a long way, this team, and we shouldn’t have been considered as title contenders.”
The Norwegian manager’s comments show a marked difference from the mentality of Sir Alex Ferguson’s United, with the Scot working tirelessly to establish his side as one of the most dominant teams of the Premier League era. This is a view shared by Richards, who has urged Solskjaer to reconsider his claims and take a leaf from Ferguson’s book.
“Excuses were never part of that culture, but now it feels like they make excuses all the time if something goes wrong,” Richards told the Daily Mail.
“Reds will dismiss me as a ‘Bitter Blue’ for raising this but, believe me, I’ve nothing but the greatest respect for their club. When Solskjaer was getting criticism at the beginning of the season, I stuck up for him. When they have had big victories or their players have done well, I’ve always been positive about them. I raise the point now because Solskjaer’s words were so surprising.