Former United star Paul Ince is obviously furious with the Red Devils poor form as he openly slammed the board for hiring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who according to him, didn’t merit the job.

After watching Old Trafford succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle on Sunday, Ince couldn’t hide his displeasure with the team’s uninspiring performance while speaking to Paddy Power.

According to Ince, United have been playing without a specific direction, no playing pattern and no leader since the start of the season which were the major reasons why the team lost to the Magpies.

“What we saw on Sunday was a Manchester United team completely void of confidence, but more worryingly, completely void of direction.

“There’s a total lack of leadership, quality and character in the team and at the club. All of the things you associate with a United team simply aren’t there,” he said.

He was also surprised to see the team struggling for form after just eight games into the season.

“We’re only eight games into the season, so to be talking about Manchester United having to turn their season around is incredible, but that’s where they’re at”

He further stressed that the Norwegian hasn’t done anything to merit being named the club’s permanent manager last season.

He said: “I’m not here to call for any manager to be sacked – I’ve been there, and it’s not a nice feeling – but I will reiterate what I said before and say that the board should never have made the decision with Ole as quickly as they did. In my eyes, what had he achieved to deserve that job?”

“He went to Cardiff and took them down, then he went to Molde. So, what on earth makes the board think that he’s the right man for one of, if not the, biggest jobs in football?”

He also slammed David De Gea for his inability to perform his role as one of the most capped players in the team.

“This (De Gea) is one of the top players, the leaders at Manchester United, who has just signed a five- year contract!

“And he looks like he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on. If you’re a United fan listening to your goalkeeper, one of the main leaders in the team, and that’s the interview you here you’d be right to be disgraced.

“I’d be looking thinking, Jesus, he doesn’t have a clue what’s going on – I bet he’s regretting signing that contract,” he concluded.


Okafor Bright is a B.Eng holder of Petroleum Engineering who is passionate about sports, articles and content development.