Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has insisted Manchester United’s season is not dead yet following their 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
The pressure on United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ramped up a notch after his side were thumped by their arch-rivals, with the Reds going in 4-0 to the good at half-time at Old Trafford, with the majority of home supporters jeering their team off at the break.
It got worse for United in the second half when Mohamed Salah completed his hat-trick and the scoring for Liverpool, before Paul Pogba was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Naby Keita.
Solskjaer is now the bookies’ clear favourite to be the next Premier League manager relieved of their duties, but despite this, Wenger has sent the United boss an unlikely title message, citing Manchester City as an example to follow.
The former Gunners manager said on beIN SPORTS, via Metro: “You have to try and create hope. Manchester City won the title last year, they were 11 points behind at one stage and they were 10th in the league in December.
“So if they rectify it, they are still not out of it completely. Also, in the Champions League, they can still qualify. So their season is not dead but it they continue like that, it will be quickly.”
Asked what he would tell the players after a heavy defeat, Wenger said: “You can say a few words, the first thing is to protect the club and the team in the press.
“Not to come out with statements that create an even deeper crisis. You know you are in a crisis and you know you have a lot of work to do to get the mentality right in the team again because it’s a massive blow.
“Overall, you just try not to make it even worse than it is. It’s always your responsibility. Liverpool had a great day today. It can happen sometimes but in a big game the damage is massive.
“At the moment Manchester United are in-between pressing and dropping off and that is a little bit the worse situation for a team.”
Solskjaer himself was asked by Sky Sports whether he still believes he is the right man to lead United through this rough patch, which has seen them go without a win in four Premier League games, and the Norwegian insisted that he was.
“We have come too far as a group and we are too close to give up now,” Solskjaer said after the defeat.
“I’ve heard nothing else [about a potential departure], and I’m still thinking about tomorrow’s work, of course. We’re all low.
“I can’t say now that I’ve felt any worse than this. This is the lowest I’ve been. But as I’ve said, I accept the responsibility, and that is mine today. It’s mine going forward.
“I do believe in myself, I do believe that I am getting close to what I want with the club, I think what we’ve done, what I’ve seen, the development, of course, the results lately haven’t been good enough.
“But I’ve got to keep strong and I do believe in what we’ve been doing, the coaching staff and the players.”