Ryan Giggs’s comments on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appear to be running out of time.
The Red Devils are struggling in the Premier League, and sit down in 14th place going into the international break.
Solskjaer alleviated some of the pressure on his shoulders by picking up a 3-1 win at high flyers Everton before the two week hiatus.
But talk that the Old Trafford board are lining up a potential replacement in Mauricio Pochettino is sure to leave the Norwegian on tenterhooks.
United legend and Wales boss Ryan Giggs called for Solskjaer to be given time a year ago when the club were in a similar situation.
Giggs insisted that the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were allowed to find their feet, and asked that Solskjaer be treated the same.
But with a very real sense of deja vu, Giggs’ demands may have run their course.
“It’s a tough job at the moment,” Giggs. “What Manchester United have had in the last four to five years is a mix of Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho players.
“Ole is trying to get back to what Manchester United used to be, picking young hungry players – like Dan James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire.
“But he’s unfortunate in a way to be in the same era as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
“Klopp is in his fourth year at Liverpool. Pep established Man City during that time. Maurcio Pochettino has had six years with Spurs.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.
But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.
The question now is whether they can find the right balance?
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“Ole has to be given time too. You need that time to mould your team into the way you want them to play, although whether managers always get that time in this day and age is another thing.”
United are back in action on November 21 when they host West Brom (3pm kick off).