Leicester ended their opponents' 29-game unbeaten run away from home to increase the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; Paul Pogba says: "We need to find something, we need to change something"
Sunday 17 October 2021 06:51, UK
Paul Pogba has declared something needs to change at Manchester United following their 4-2 Premier League defeat to Leicester City.
The Frenchman played the entirety of United's latest defeat that ended their 29-game unbeaten run away from home.
The defeat leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under further scrutiny as United's own winless run extends to three games as they continue to look less than the sum of their expensive parts.
"To be honest, we've been having this kind of game for a long time and we haven't found the problem," Pogba said.
"We need to find what's the problem, to concede easy goals, stupid goals, when we know those games where we play on this pitch, the fans are going to push, put pressure on us and everything. We need to be more mature, I think. We need to play with more experience, arrogance in a good way. We have to take the ball and play our football.
"But now we have to find what's the key of these games that we lose. Because I think we deserved to lose today.
"We need to find something, we need to change something. I don't know if the mindset of all of us, the players, when we start... we really don't know. It's frustrating because it's something we don't understand and we have to find that very fast because if you want to compete and you want to win the title, those games you have to win, even though they are very hard and we're playing away.
"You need to fight their game, you need to find the right mentality, the right tactic to win those games. That's my thought. We have time to think about it and then all together, we have to stick together and find the problem."
Harry Maguire made a surprise return against his former club after recovering from injury, while Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the line-up after being rested against Everton. Yet it was the central midfield area where Manchester United struggled as Pogba and Nemanja Matic were badly overrun at times.
Solskjaer admitted he made errors with the way his team set up.
"The four goals we conceded were very poor," he told Sky Sports.
"When you concede goals like that in the way we did, we don't deserve to continue that run. Definitely the performance was very below-par and not good enough. We got a very good goal with Mason and we were knocking on the door to get another one; sloppy play and we concede a goal.
"In the second half, it was end-to-end but they created more chances and conceding at set-pieces was disappointing. Conceding seconds after the equaliser shouldn't happen. I picked the team; Harry showed no reaction. I hold my hand up if it doesn't work out and sometimes it doesn't.
"When you concede four, I probably made a couple of bad decisions."
Paul Merson speaking on Soccer Saturday:
"I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in a spot of bother.
"I said before the game if that he can get through November still in the job, then they would have every chance of winning the league because they have some shocking fixtures - and this was the start of it and they have been beaten.
"Leicester thoroughly deserved it too.
"Manchester United are struggling. I've said that Arsenal could finish above them in the top four and I haven't changed my mind.
"They are individuals, they are not a team. They haven't got legs all around the pitch and because Ronaldo can't go in behind defences, the other teams are all pushing up on them and that means Pogba doesn't get time on the ball. For me, Solskjaer is under severe pressure."
Manchester United face a formidable set of fixtures in October and November as they look to keep pace in the Premier League and ensure Champions League qualification, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and the Manchester derby looming domestically.
October 20: Atalanta (h) - Champions League, kick-off 8pm
October 24: Liverpool (h) - Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports
October 30: Tottenham (a) - Premier League, kick-off 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports
November 2: Atalanta (a) - Champions League, kick-off 8pm
November 6: Man City (h) - Premier League, kick-off 12.30pm, live on Sky Sports
November 20: Watford (a) - Premier League, kick-off 3pm
November 23: Villarreal (a) - Champions League, kick-off 5.45pm
November 28: Chelsea (a) - Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports
November 30: Arsenal (h) - Premier League, kick-off 8pm