Success Must Return To United
And speaking exclusively to Genting, Ince has suggested that United need to do whatever it takes to add to their burgeoning trophy cabinet in 2021-22.
He said: “I just think United, with Solskjaer, needs to win a trophy at any cost.
“Hopefully that will buy him time and, in doing that, give the fans that feeling
that United can close the gap on the top teams.”
“People say that the FA Cup and the League Cup are not the ones that we want, but it buys you time.
“Manchester City have won the League Cup six times out of the last eight, they
want to win every trophy.
“Every competition Manchester United competes in, they should want to win it.”
High Expectations On Solskjaer
The Red Devils’ Norwegian coach has come in for some criticism of late for his sides lacklustre performances, but Ince – a veteran of 281 games for United – admits the expectations on Solskjaer are sky-high.
“The pressure is on,” he said.
“The pressure is always going to be there with United.
“14 points out of 24 you’d probably say it isn’t too bad, but they haven’t played the big teams yet and have dropped points against Southampton, lost to Villa, drawn with Everton and now they’ve just been beaten by Leicester.
“When you consider they haven’t really played any of the big boys, the points return is not very good, and the performances haven’t been great.”
Need To Find Winning Mentality
The ‘Guv’nor’ – as Ince was known during his playing days – starred for United during the Premier League’s early years, as the club kick-started their dominance of English football.
The midfield enforcer wasn’t on the losing team too often at Old Trafford, but when he was, it was rare for the Red Devils to be outplayed.
“When I go back to when I played, and I hate saying that, but I have to say it, the games where we lost, I guarantee you we’d have either hit the bar three or four times or their keeper was man of the match,” he explained.
“I don’t see that with United in the way they set their team up, the way they play and I’m not sure what their identity is at this moment in time.
“When teams dig deep against them, have they got the template to try and breakthrough, like City and Liverpool do?
“United struggle to break teams down, so the next probably six, seven, eight games are massive for them, absolutely massive.”
Big Spell For United
With plenty of big games coming up, this next stretch could be crucial for both club and manager, but it’s a spell Ince hopes Solskjaer can successfully lead the team through.
He said: “If he’s in the job at the end of the year that means he’s navigated this period.
“But listen, I know and everybody knows, if he comes out of this period having lost to Man City, Liverpool at home, then all of a sudden, the pressure is just going to crank up, and he knows that.
“Ole’s been in situations where the pressure has been right on top of him.
“They were talking about [Mauricio] Pochettino a couple of years ago when he left Spurs, and Ole managed to go on a fantastic run to put it to bed, so he’s got the knack of doing that.”