Manchester United out, Ole out?

From table toppers to the Europa League relegation, Manchester United have crashed out of the Champions League, with many calling for #OleOut

A dismal first-half performance cost Manchester United in the final group fixture against RB Leipzig as they crashed out of the Champions League.

Going into the game, United needed only a point to guarantee qualification to the round of 16. However, a shocking turn of events for them coupled with poor tactics from Ole saw United down by three goals in Germany at the 69th minute.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – DECEMBER 08: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United gives their team instructions during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between RB Leipzig and Manchester United at Red Bull Arena on December 08, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY STUART FRANKLIN/GETTY IMAGES.

Bruno Fernandes did manage to get a goal with ten minutes left to play, while Harry Maguire’s deflected shot got United’s second of the night.

It would not be another comeback for Ole’s squad though as RB Leipzig were able to see out the rest of the game and qualify for the knockout stages.

What went wrong?

Tactics!

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer started with a back 5 which many assumed would make them harder to break down. This couldn’t be further from the truth as Manchester City loanee and Man of the Match Angelino, was allowed too much space and struck in the first goal of the game in just two minutes.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – DECEMBER 08: Angelino of RB Leipzig scores their team’s first goal past David De Gea of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between RB Leipzig and Manchester United at Red Bull Arena on December 08, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. behind closed doors. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY STUART FRANKLIN/GETTY IMAGES.

It didn’t take too long to notice that the line-up was not working as Haidara got RB Leipzig’s second of the night.

The German side would have registered a couple more goals before the break if not for a VAR intervention and a number of missed chances.

Ole eventually switched to a back four after the break and introduced Donny Van De Beek and who did well to contain the midfield.

The damage had however been done already as United were left chasing the game from then on.

What now Ole?

The lack of consistency seems to have mauled Ole’s tenure at the club. Sure, United are playing more ‘exciting’ football, but have been poor tactically, relying on individual brilliance all too often, for which Ole is to be blamed.

Pundits, ex-players, analysts and fans alike did not hold back in sharing these views with many calling for the ‘baby face assassin’ coach to be relieved of his duties.

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