Allardyce – United not good enough, need to sign qaulity players

Sam Allardyce has come to the defense of under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insisting that the Norwegian must be backed in the transfer market this winter to save Man United’s season.

Two consecutive Premier League defeats to Liverpool and Burnley has put the Norwegian under pressure while the fans have also directed their anger to the owners of the club over the lack of investment.

Man United responded to the defeat with a 6 nil thumping of League one outfit Tranmere in the fourth round of the FA Cup On Sunday, although the result will do very little to quell criticisms considering the quality of the opposition.

The likes of Harry Maguire and Diogo Dalot scored their first goals for the club with Jesse Lingard finally finding his scoring boots and Phil Jones scoring for the first time in nearly six years.

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Anthony Martial scored on his 200th appearance on the day while Mason Greenwood completed the scoring in the second half with a penalty

However, as the game went on, United supporters sang against the Glazer family and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The Red Devils’ supporters who occupied the away section urged the Glazers to sell the club and that Woodward should leave. Regardless, Solskjaer believes that any fan dissent can be avoided if his side can put a winning run together.

Sam Allardyce opined that it is unlikely with the current squad at the club. He believes that bringing in better players in January before the window shuts on Friday is the only way to keep their top-four hopes alive.

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Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Big Sam said:

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“When you sit in the dressing room watching your players and you look in the situation you’re in…

“It’s like me when I take over a club that’s struggling, which has been my forte recently, you look at the players you’ve got available to you and you quickly go to the board and say: 

‘These are not good enough. You got to help me and go into the market’.

“Every time I’ve gone into the market to strengthen the team, the team has done better.

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“Your job as a manger is to point out the deficiencies of the team and to rectify them and get them better.

“If Ole doesn’t get that support and start buying better players at Manchester United then I’m not so sure that results will improve that much.

“That puts him under threat, and the pressure is mounting on him.

“The manager is taking the can for it at the moment, but really you’re only as good as they players you’ve got.

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“And he’s working as hard as he can with what he’s got.”

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