Manchester United fans should lower their expectations, says former Red Devil Mark Bosnich
Mark Bosnich has urged Manchester United fans to stay level-headed after a disappointing run of results under Ole Gunnar Solskajer.
The Red Devils are facing Champions League elimination after losing 1-0 at home to Barcelona in the first leg of their quarter final on Wednesday night.
But, according to Bosnich, it’s miraculous they’re in the last eight to begin with.
When Solskjaer was appointed interim boss in December, the prospect of finishing in the top four and progressing in the Champions League was considered unlikely.
Following a record-breaking start, the Norwegian rediscovered the club’s lost hope as they moved briefly into fourth and pulled off a stunning victory over Paris Saint-Germain.
However, four defeats in their last five games have well and truly ended Solkjaer’s honeymoon period – and former United goalkeeper Bosnich has reminded fans where they were before Solskjaer took charge.
“If you said at Christmas, ‘Man United will be playing Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final’, everyone would’ve said you were nuts,” the Aussie told talkSPORT.
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“People shouldn’t get their expectations up too much. They came up against a team [Barcelona] which is one of the best in the world and has been for some time, so you’ve got to keep your expectations realistic.”
The 47-year-old also sprung to the defence of Paul Pogba, who had been criticised for an underwhelming display at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
“Without being disrespectful, some of the players around Pogba aren’t of the same quality of Rakitic, Suarez or Messi.
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“When you come up against some of those really top teams in Europe, you need to have people around you to help make you look good.
“You also need the tactics to be on your side. You need the team set up to make sure you shine and I don’t think that was the case last night.
“Pogba’s a world class player, there’s no doubt. I understand the frustration of people who basically want him to dominate and become the best player on the park.
“That will happen, but when you’re coming up against the best teams in the world, you need a lot of help.”
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