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Ex-Man Utd man Robin van Persie delivers his verdict on what Solskjaer needs to do

Speaking on BT Sport, former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has delivered his verdict on what he wants to see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer do.

What did he say?

The Red Devils fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to rivals Arsenal on Wednesday night, a result that saw them fail to capitalise on the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham both dropping points in the race for the top four. And having enjoyed a fine December that saw them head into the New Year with wins over Newcastle and Burnley respectively, United may have been confident of getting all three points against the Gunners.

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Instead, in an uninspiring performance, they had just four shots on target and lost possession 134 times – 17 times more than the north Londoners. And speaking after the match, Van Persie appeared critical of the way in which Solskjaer conducted himself in his post-match interview.

He said (as quoted by The Manchester Evening News): “When I listen to Ole, he sounds like a really nice guy but I would like to see him with a bit more energy, sometimes angry. It’s part of his job sometimes. I see him smiling now after a game like that. This isn’t a moment to smile.”

No more Mr Nice Guy

Whilst it may sound like such a trivial point, Van Persie certainly has a valid point. The ‘Nice Guy’ act that Solskjaer appears to be putting on can unintentionally have an adverse effect on his players, who may see it as a sign of weakness. Even though not everyone is inclined to being throwing teacups around when they’re in a mood, the Norwegian could do with some brutal honesty in front of the cameras.

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No more protecting players, or acting all ‘pally’ with them. Laying down a marker by admitting that he wasn’t impressed by what he saw, or calling out individuals who deserve a rollicking. A change in approach would perhaps garner a greater respect from his squad, and ensure that they don’t slack off.

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