Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not the man Manchester United need to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City.
That’s according to Simon Jordan, who believes Old Trafford is no longer a fortress and has lost the ‘fear factor’ of the past.
Jordan watched his beloved Crystal Palace pick up their first ever Premier League win at the Theatre of Dreams, with Patrick van Aanholt’s stoppage time strike securing a 2-1 win for the Eagles.
It caps a disappointing week for the Red Devils, who could only draw 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.
Although the season is still very much at an embryonic stage and there are plenty of twists and turns left, United are now three points off City and five away from league leaders Liverpool.
And Jordan, who dedicated a segment of his new show to the famous old club, believes things are unlikely to change with Solskjaer still at the helm.
“Because it’s Manchester United, we’ve watched all of their games because there is more focus on Manchester United,” he said on Simon Jordan’s Final Word.
“On one hand you could say, two penalties put Manchester United five points better off so we would have a different look at Man United because they would be second.
“But if you look at the manner in which Man United are playing, I’m sorry because I know Man United fans will start yelling and screaming, but up to 60 minutes against Chelsea they were getting bossed.
“Chelsea were the better side in that game by a long way and nobody could see anybody other than Chelsea scoring goals. Now conventional wisdom was defied, Sam Allardyce got made to look a fool on the touchline as we did sitting here and Chelsea capitulated.
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“But anyone else other than Chelsea on that day, of that sort of perceived stature, wouldn’t have capitulated and I don’t think Man United would have won that game.
“With respect, Palace got very very lucky yesterday and Roy [Hodgson] talked about ‘riding their luck’ and ultimately pulling a result out of nowhere.
“But looking at that performance; there is no fear factor, nobody cares about Old Trafford because that image is gone.
“And I don’t think it is going to come back under the stewardship of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer because part of that image, as we know, was best players winning games.
“But also, was this figure at the very head of Manchester United as a football operation which was [Sir Alex] Ferguson.
“Are you seriously saying to me that the serious times of Man United, with Liverpool and Man City disappearing into the horizon, that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to operate at the level that is required? I don’t think so!”