The former Red Devil still believes the club are far behind clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plan for Manchester United is taking “too long”, according to Bastian Schweinsteiger, who says the team lacks a clear “strategy and DNA”. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently in his third full season on the Manchester United sidelines, having initially taken over from José Mourinho as Old Trafford boarder in December 2018.
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The Norwegian has gradually assembled a star-studded group but has yet to find consistency and, with a five-year drought in the trophies, Schweinsteiger is wondering if the Red Devils are heading in the right direction. “Manchester United is still a work in progress “, Bastian Schweinsteiger, who played for United between 2015 and 2017, told BBC Radio 5 Live. “Solskjaer keeps mentioning it”.
“It takes too long though in my eyes. If you look at Manchester City or Chelsea and the impact Tuchel had on them – it was amazing. They have a strategy and a DNA. They have more in their game. When I watch Manchester United games, I don’t know how they play. I can’t guarantee you a win and as a Manchester United fan you want to know that. They keep talking about the weather, but you have no time in football. You have to win right away“, added the German.
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“For me it is still not 100% clear whether United will be successful or not”
The former Germany international believes Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane will have a lasting impact after their respective transfers to Old Trafford, but it is not yet certain whether the team’s individual brilliance will be enough to bring tangible success. “For me, it’s still not 100% clear whether United are going to be successful or not.“, added Schweinsteiger.”It was not easy for them. They have big names like Pogba and Ronaldo, and I think Rashford will help them a lot in the future.
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“The experience of Ronaldo and Raphael Varane will certainly help the team, but the question is how involved they are in the team’s tactics”, concluded Schweinsteiger. The Red Devils occupy sixth place in the Premier League table with 14 points, eight lengths behind leaders Chelsea, after their rout against their nemesis, Liverpool, this Sunday at Old Trafford.
The Mancunian club will then face Tottenham, Manchester City, Watford, Chelsea and Arsenal, before facing Atalanta and Villarreal in the group stage of the Champions League. The Norwegian manager’s future could become much clearer at the end of this streak, as pressure continues to build on a club legend and the patience of some of the impatient fans wanes.