Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, has criticized Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, before the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday evening at Emirates.
Merson said that Solskjaer ‘horribly wrong’ got his team selection for the shock 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United on Wednesday, adding that Man United may reminisce on the loss with regret at the top of the Premier League title race this season.
Solskjaer made six changes to the XI that defeated Premier League champions Liverpool 3-2 within the FA Cup last weekend, with in-form Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani only named on the bench.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer changed his team an excessive amount of against Sheffield United, and it backfired big style,” Merson told Daily Star.
“I can’t catch my breath at what he’s done there. He got it horribly, horribly wrong, and that they lost all momentum.
“I couldn’t believe what I used to be watching from Manchester United. Play your best team. Get two goals ahead, then, rest players.
“What’s Luke Shaw need a rest for? He’s playing the simplest football of his career, absolutely flying. Don’t tell me he’s tired.
“I heard a United fan on the radio saying the team he put out should still are ok to win. If it had been ok, why isn’t it playing every week!?”
Merson added: “It was madness. Solskjaer was trying to be too clever because they need Arsenal this weekend.
“But he’s put his team struggling now. that would open the door for his or her rivals, and it means they need to beat Arsenal now.
“United could reminisce thereon at the top of the season because the day the title race turned against them.”