Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blamed for Man Utd star’s form despite being sacked over a month ago

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Manchester United’s former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been blamed for the form of Harry Maguire – despite being sacked over a month ago. Maguire has come under criticism for his performances for United this season. And former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy believes Solskjaer is to blame.

Maguire has started 16 of his side’s 18 Premier League matches so far this term.

United’s win over Burnley on Thursday took them above Tottenham and within four points of the top four.

But Maguire again looked shaky at the back and Burnley will be disappointed to have only scored once in a 3-1 defeat.

Maguire remains the most-expensive defender of all time following his £80million move to Old Trafford in 2019.

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But Cundy believes a lack of coaching under former boss Solskjaer has had a negative effect on the 28-year-old.

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Cundy told talkSPORT: “I think he’s been let down by Solskjaer, in all honesty. I don’t think that’s helped him at all.

“I don’t know how Ralf Rangnick is going to turn him into a better player but we will see.

“I don’t think [Solskjaer’s] coached them, tactically. If Antonio Conte had Harry Maguire, he’d be playing in a back three now, and you would see a performance from him – okay, let’s not talk about whether he justifies his price tag – but you will see the player that I saw at Hull and at Leicester. That’s my own take on it.”

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United are unbeaten under Ralf Rangnick in his first five matches in interim charge.

The 63-year-old noticed improvements against Burnley following the disappointing 1-1 draw at Newcastle earlier this week.

“It was, as expected, a really tough and difficult game against a team who play physically and very direct in parts,” Rangnick said.

“We knew that in advance so it was important we met the physical and technical demands.

“When the ball was in their half, we did well and also showed the qualities we have in our transition.

“[It was] important to score. In our half, there are things to improve on and we will work on that.

“It was important today to raise the energy level. Physically and energetically, it was a good performance.”

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