Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks guilty of some seriously misplaced arrogance towards West Ham United.
That’s after new comments about Jesse Lingard’s situation following his last minute winner for Man United against West Ham.
The goal was a dagger through the heart for West Ham fans who had given the former loan hero a rapturous reception on his return to the London Stadium.
West Ham did have a chance to save a point – which was the least their efforts deserved – when they were awarded a 93rd minute penalty which was the last kick of the game.
But David Moyes’s decision to bring Mark Noble on just to take the spot-kick backfired as David de Gear pulled off his first penalty save in 41 attempts. In doing so the Spaniard inflicted a first failure from the spot on the Hammers skipper for five years.
Man United were fortunate to draw at Southampton. Solskjaer’s side were also extremely lucky to beat Wolves.
Coupled with their defeat in the Champions League and fortunate nature of their win at West Ham – Solskjaer should perhaps be grateful he doesn’t find himself clinging on to his job right now.
Solskjaer is fast earning a reputation as something of a whinger.
And he stayed true to that after the West Ham clash, moaning about penalties that were not awarded to his side. Again the Man United boss ignored what Alan Shearer has described as ‘the most blatant penalty ever’ on Tomas Soucek with the scores at 1-1.
Lingard scoring the winner was already a bitter pill for West Ham fans to swallow.
After all it was the Hammers – and David Moyes – who resurrected the 28-year-old’s dormant career when he was chucked on the Man United scrapheap by Solskjaer.
So the last thing West Ham want to hear is Solskjaer arrogantly rubbing their noses in it as he looked ahead to Wednesday’s rematch at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup.
West Ham fans were desperate to see Lingard signed permanently in the summer. But Solskjaer refused to sell and the midfielder has since rejected the offer of a new contract.
But speaking to the Manchester United website ahead of the game, Solskjaer tried to claim Lingard remained at Old Trafford rather than join West Ham because they are a club ‘going places’.
Team news is usually a closely guarded secret in top level football. But Solskjaer then proceeded to rather arrogantly reveal Lingard would be starting against West Ham in a much-changed Man United team on Wednesday – more than 48 hours ahead of kick-off.
“I think today was a good answer on Jesse,” Solskjaer said in his post-match press conference about the substitute, when asked about why he did not seal a permanent move to West Ham (ManUtd.com).
“It was quite clear that he wants to fight for his place and want to be a part of a United team he feels is going places.
“For me, I can’t speak for Jesse now, but he is really contributing.
“He’ll play, of course, on Wednesday because we will make a few changes.”
Who knows perhaps Cristiano Ronaldo will come in to manage the side as one of the changes on Wednesday after what we all saw last week?
Let’s hope West Ham give Solskjaer the reality check he clearly needs.