After the loss to Leicester City, Danny Murphy has criticized Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the excuses mentioned by the Norwegian as reasons for the loss against the Foxes. During the game against the Foxes, Ole received Murphy’s criticism for the line-up that he set up against Leicester. Brendan Rodgers found the weak points in the forty-eight-year-olds plans and exploited them to win the game by three-one.
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Danny Murphy has played against Ole during his years as a Liverpool player. He has seen the Norwegian play at his best and never offers excuses if he makes mistakes on the pitch. Hence, the reasons given by Ole are unacceptable for the forty-four-year-old Chester native.
In an interview on March 22nd, 2021, Danny Murphy said, “The excuse of tiredness cannot be expected. Manchester United was not strong enough to handle their opponents and lost on their own accord. Manchester United taking part in the Europa League is hard as it is for their fans to witness.
Ole and the players know this and believe it to be true. They lost out in the Champions League and say that they have accommodated for it by qualifying for the Champions League again next year. But, I believe that they should be doing that no matter what. Manchester United have to play in the UCL and should never target anything else.” Concluded Murphy.
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Murphy’s opinion supported by other veterans of the game
Other footballers held the same opinion of Ole as Danny Murphy did.
While speaking in an interview, Don Hutchison said, “In the game against Manchester United, Brendan Rodgers proved himself as the better manager. Ole showed that he still has a long way to go as a manager, and he is not at the level of Rodgers yet.”
Jon Aage Fjortoft felt the same about his fellow countrymen’s attitude at Manchester United. He said, “Ole cannot win games and succeed at Old Trafford by being a nice guy. You look at the league table, and you can find nicer guys than him leading their teams with ruthlessness this season, and Ole needs to learn from that.”
This point was supported by Steve Nicol as well.
Danny Murphy is, therefore, correct in his opinion that Ole needs to be stricter with his players and himself and cannot say things like ‘winning trophies does not mean progression.’ Winning trophies is a big deal, and the Ex-Liverpool player knows that to be true, as the trophy reflects the competitive attitude of the manager on the players. Murphy has won the FA Cup, Football League Cup, FA Community Shield, UEFA Cup, and UEFA Super Cup all in one year.
Murphy has been critical of the approach of Ole Solskjaer. However, he has shown his regard for Jose Mourinho and defended the Portuguese manager after his team exited from the Europa League.
Danny Murphy defends Jose Mourinho following Tottenham’s Europa League exit
The forty-four-year-old manager has come to Jose Mourinho’s defense after ‘the one’ was criticized for losing the Europa League second leg to Dinamo Zagreb by three-nil.
In an interview, he said, “Mourinho lost against Arsenal. Since then, his team has been working hard, and now they are three points away from fourth-placed Chelsea. If fans believe that they can turn their team into Manchester City or Liverpool, they are mistaken. The players at the club are not up to the level of their compatriots.”
Therefore, Danny Murphy has no qualms in defending a team. His only condition is that the manager should make his team win and fight for trophies. Ole needs to be careful about his future. Soon enough, the United Management will start pointing their fingers at the Norwegian manager. Then it will not take much time for him to be sacked.
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