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.
No meeting in the night for Man Utd board. They’ll decide final position in the next hours/days – Solskjær has always been protected so far ???? #MUFC
Rumours about Antonio Conte ‘not considering’ Man Utd job were NOT true. But no official talks yet.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 25, 2021
Arsene Wenger 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, Arsene 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.
Source: Football London