Manchester United have had an indifferent start to the season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Manchester United legend Andy Cole believes the problem at his former club is clear. Cole says there is undoubtedly a huge amount of talent among the United squad but building those players into a successful team is the hardest part.
United are sixth in the Premier League table ahead of today’s clash against rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side are already eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea but could cut that gap with victory today.
United spent big in the summer in signing Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, as well as the sensational return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Cole believes the squad is disjointed and it is extremely difficult to get the best players on the pitch at the same time.
Man Utd news: Andy Cole has identified the main problem for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Image: GETTY)
“I think at the moment, it hurts me to say, I think it’s a bit of round holes, square pegs,” Cole told Premier League Productions.
“We’ve got loads of talent, and I mean loads of talent, but how do you try to fit all that talent in?”
Former England forward and United fan Lianne Sanderson says there has been a scattergun approach in the transfer market from the Red Devils.
And she says the signing of Donny van de Beek epitomises that.
“I think Manchester United have made really poor decisions in the last five to 10 years that are affecting us now,” Sanderson said.
“You look at the signing of Donny van de Beek – why did we get him from Ajax if we were never going to play him? Why did we do that? What kind of decision is that?
“I don’t think he’s a bad player but everyone now thinks he’s not good enough for Manchester United because he comes on for two minutes, he’s not getting any minutes.
“What kind of decision is that? Why did we get him? And that goes back to what is the philosophy of what we’re trying to do?
“Because you can’t just get players and throw them in there and expect them to perform.
“There has to be a plan of where Sancho’s going to play, why did we get Sancho?”
Ahead of the visit of Liverpool, Solskjaer has been firm in his stance that United must catch their rivals soon.
Solskjaer said: “You have to make sure you are better than them and in the last four years they’ve been tremendous and we are in truth chasing them.
“The last four years, the results, we have been behind them. Now we’ve begun to take steps but the next big step is to be above them because we were above them last season.
“But that’s history and hopefully this season we can achieve something better.”