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Pogba cranks up the pressure on United manager Solskjaer

French ace believes it’s time for a ‘change’ of approach after losing to Leicester

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Paul Pogba wants to see an end to Manchester United's self-destructive tendencies. Photo: PA

Paul Pogba wants to see an end to Manchester United's self-destructive tendencies. Photo: PA

Paul Pogba wants to see an end to Manchester United's self-destructive tendencies. Photo: PA

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position as Manchester United manager is coming under further scrutiny as Paul Pogba claimed “we need to change” after a calamitous 4-2 defeat by Leicester City yesterday.

Pogba delivered a withering assessment of United’s travails under Solskjaer ahead of a potentially pivotal stage of the season, as their 29-game unbeaten away run in the Premier League came to a shattering end.

United had been forced to defend their decision to fly from Manchester before kick-off and were then scrambled by an inspired Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

Solskjaer has lost four of his past seven matches and is now preparing for another crucial week, with home games against Atalanta in the Champions League and Liverpool in the league up next.

United had taken the lead after Mason Greenwood’s stunning strike but conceded four goals to increase the pressure on their beleaguered manager, with Pogba issuing a brutally honest verdict on the defeat.

“To be honest, we have been having these kind of games for a long time,” said Pogba. “We have not found the problem, conceding easy goals, stupid goals. We need to be more mature, play with more experience and arrogance in a good way. We need to find something, we need to change.”

Solskjaer came under further pressure for his decision to start Harry Maguire, who produced a poor performance against his former club on his recovery from a calf injury.

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Cristiano Ronaldo also endured a miserable afternoon while there was another worryingly anonymous performance from £73m-signing Jadon Sancho.

“We need to look at the whole set-up of the team, the whole balance of the team — maybe something has to give for it,” said Solskjaer. “One result in isolation, that can be (small) margins, but then we’ve had too many games that we’ve lost points.

“We weren’t good enough and were too easy to play through. It says everything when your best player is David (De Gea), but still we conceded four goals.”

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