Tottenham vs Man Utd: Solskjaer told to drop two players for crunch EPL clash


Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has been advised to drop Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw for their Premier League clash against Tottenham today, by England defender Tony Cascarino.

Cascarino feels Fernandes “does very little when he is not on the ball” and should be replaced by Jesse Lingard.

He also said Shaw had a “torrid time” in last weekend’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Solskjaer was left fighting for his job after the embarrassing defeat, but has been kept on for their trip to Spurs.

“Full back is United’s most vulnerable position – every one of the five goals conceded to Liverpool came from the spaces defended by Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw being exploited.

“Tottenham are particularly lively out wide given the pace of Lucas and Son, so United could be dismantled if they do not protect these positions.

“Shaw had a great European Championship for England but endured a torrid time against Mohamed Salah last weekend, while Wan-Bissaka is unrecognisable from the defender who joined United.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could replace Shaw with Alex Telles if fit or consider playing a winger such as Jadon Sancho or Marcus Rashford out of position to remedy the problem,” Cascarino told the UK Times.

On Fernandes, who has scored four goals and made five assists in 14 appearances in all competitions this season, Cascarino added: “The No 10 role can be a luxury for struggling teams and that is the case for United at present.

“Bruno Fernandes does very little when he is not on the ball, and that is a huge problem given he should be providing United’s first line of defence in midfield.

“Fernandes does not try to stop attackers by winning the ball back. By contrast, Jesse Lingard makes the No 10 role work for his team, as he has shown at West Ham and in flashes since returning to his parent club this summer.”