Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will face a difficult task to extract the best reaction from his team next Saturday against Manchester City in the Premier League.
The match comes at a sensitive time after the Red Devils bid farewell to the Champions League, Tuesday, with a 2-3 loss at the hands of Leipzig.
The defeat against Leipzig added the pressure on Solskjaer, as part of the angry United fans demanded that Mauricio Pochettino be signed as his successor.
Argentine coach Pochettino has not been working since his dismissal from Tottenham Hotspur in November 2019.
The former Spurs coach has been linked regularly with a job at Old Trafford as calls for change are likely to grow in the absence of a big result against City.
However, former United defender Phil Neville said the move to compete in the Europa League was not a disaster for the club and supported Solskjaer’s continuation.
“Saturday’s match is important for the coach and the players. Talking from outside the club is very different from what is inside, as it seems that there are attempts to remove Solskjaer from his job,” Neville told BBC.
“United have come out in the past with other teams and better coaches than Solskjaer, like Alex Ferguson, from this stage in the Champions League. And that has already happened.”
Former United star Rio Ferdinand criticized the team’s defense after a poor performance against Leipzig.
“He looked like a team who didn’t know how to play with five defenders at the back,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.