TEDDY SHERINGHAM believes former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will face the axe if he doesn’t bring silverware to Old Trafford this season.
The Man Utd legend, 55, believes that Solskjaer has received the backing he needs to win trophies following the recruitment of Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane.
Solskjaer and Sheringham won seven trophies whilst playing together at Old TraffordCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
The Red Devils spent over £130m on new signings and Sheringham believes there is no excuse for not ending the club’s trophy drought this year, which dates back to 2017.
He told the Daily Mail: “Without a doubt there is pressure on him this year to win something. If he doesn’t win something, he knows the writing is on the wall.
“They have made the big signings in Varane and Sancho. That would be enough but then Ronaldo becomes available, United acquire him and they need to see results now.
“Ole is still a young manager and he is gaining experience while on the job. At the top level he only knows United and that is a hard job to leave. I think he is progressing but he needs to take it to the next level.
“I think everybody is willing him to do well, they want him to do well because he is a Manchester United legend.
“That gives him some scope but you have to emphasise, he needs to win something. It’s not rocket science.”
“He’s taking up a youth team player’s position in that squad right now. He’s had too many injuries now. I was in the same team as Phil Jones,” Ferdinand said.
“He’s never been able to fully establish himself in the team. Whether it’s injuries, lack of form, lack of confidence. I think he should’ve gone ages ago.”
Solskjaer hit back at the 42-year-old BT Sports pundit, saying: “I think what Rio said was out of order, completely.
“I know more than anyone how it feels to be injured. Phil has had a horrible 18, 19, 20 months and was troubled for a year before that with injuries.”
But Sheringham stood up for Ferdinand, saying: “Ole has his job to do but everyone has their opinion. Rio has been working for BT and he needs to say what he feels.
“It’s not a direct bang at Ole, someone is asking and he is giving his opinion. You can’t just say ‘Ole is fantastic, he’s the best thing in the world…’
“People would go ‘are you mad? He hasn’t won anything.’ Fergie got that along the way at United, you have to be able to handle that.”
Sheringham spent four years at Old Trafford and was part of Man Utd’s famous Treble winning side of 1999, also winning three consecutive league titles between 1999-2001.
The former England international hopes that the winning culture that was established at the club in this time can be restored with the likes of Ronaldo and Varane joining Solskjaer’s side.
He added: “It is invaluable when you have that in your team. People who calm others down at the right time. Ronaldo leads by example.
“I understand he made an unbelievable speech before he played a couple of weeks ago about the desire he has to produce great footballing moments.
‘There’s so many years after playing football you can watch and admire from a distance but when you’re fit and able, give it your best shot and you never know where it could take you.”
Solskjaer took Man Utd to three semi-finals in the 2019-20 season and led them to the Europa League final back in May, where they were then beaten on penalties by Villarreal.
With the club already out of the Carabao Cup this season after a 1-0 home defeat to West Ham, the Norweigan still has the FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League to fight for.
Sheringham and Solskjaer both scored in injury-time in the 1999 Champions League final win after coming on as substitutesCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
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