Former players and managers are queuing up to stick the boot in to Manchester United – but not Wes Brown.
United were dreadful in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by West Ham on Saturday, while boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing a striker crisis after Marcus Rashford limped off at the London Stadium.
Roy Keane and Jose Mourinho were the latest to turn the screw with the former claiming every single United player is ‘not good enough’ to play for the club.
Despite the negativity, former United defender Brown hit back at the critics and pleaded for ex-team-mate Solskjaer to be given the time to prove himself.
“There has been loads of negatives,” he exclusively told Paddy Power News. “Ole has come in and some people say he’s not the right man but give the man a chance.”
Solskjaer has been getting stick from all quarters for failing to sign a striker this summer despite flogging half of his frontline. But Brown thinks that’s unfair because he simply had to let the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez go.
“I think everyone knows there had to be a small clear-out,” Brown added. “Hopefully Rashford is not too badly injured and if he is, we know we don’t have many forwards to pick from.
“That’s where a lot the criticism is coming from, but if those players were never going to play and they’re not in your plans going forward, and people want to buy them, you have to let them go.
“Ole needs time. Yes, the results are not perfect at the moment, but you have to start somewhere and that’s what I keep telling people.
“If you don’t believe in him, it will just be the same with the next manager and the next one after that. You have to give the manager time.”
While Brown might be pleading for patience, Paddy Power make Solskjaer second favourite to be the next manager to get the boot at 6/1.
Quique Sanchez Flores (9/1) could also be set for a swift exit at Watford after their 8-0 thumping by Manchester City in just his second game since returning to Vicarage Road.