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Solskjaer slammed for abandoning Man Utd’s attacking mentality and Haaland would rather seal City transfer, claims Cole

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Andy Cole has criticised the club’s lack of attacking mentality.

The Red Devils barely threatened during their drab 0-0 draw with rivals Chelsea on Sunday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have scored once against the big six


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have scored once against the big sixCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

United’s record against the ‘big six’ makes for painful reading – scoring just once in seven matches in a 6-1 defeat against Tottenham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side mustered just four shots on targets against Blues with the majority being restricted to long-range efforts.

And Cole, who scored 121 goals in 275 appearances for Manchester United, believes the club will never win the title whilst they have a fear of losing.

The 49-year-old told the Mirror: “Manchester United can’t play like that.

“It has to be a concern. If you think you can genuinely win the title or challenge for it, you have to score goals.

“Playing under Sir Alex Ferguson, the only thing he used to say to us was ‘Go out and enjoy yourselves and entertain’.

“That’s what United are supposed to do, you’re supposed to entertain. You have to show your opponents respect, but you can’t fear them.

“Everyone wants to be tight, of course. You don’t want to concede goals, goalkeepers buzz off that and so do defenders.

Andy Cole says United need to be fearless just like they were under Fergie


Andy Cole says United need to be fearless just like they were under FergieCredit: PA:Press Association
Erling Haaland would rather join Man City over United, claims Cole


Erling Haaland would rather join Man City over United, claims ColeCredit: EPA

“But if you concede a goal and you’re scoring goals yourself, I don’t think anyone’s that fussed, because you’re playing the way United should play.

“If you look back, United’s history is about playing good football, trying to win games playing a certain way, not being tight at the back and trying to nick a 1-0 win.

“Let’s get this straight – if you’re ever going to win the league, you have to knock over the big teams as well. Draws aren’t going to do it.”

United have been linked with high-profile moves for the likes of Borussia Dortmund duo Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.

Haaland is hot property with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City chasing his signature after 43 goals in 44 games for the German side.

But Cole believes world-class players will opt to sign for another European powerhouse where they have more chance of winning silverware.

He added: “To get these guys to come, Haaland for instance, you’ve got to entice them with something.

“You’ve got to entice them with the possibility of winning silverware or being a year away from it.

“These guys are going to have other options, possibly Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, maybe Barcelona.

“If you’re playing and have the option of all these clubs, where would United really figure at this moment in time?”

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