Peter Schmeichel believes Paul Pogba is a "problem child" for Manchester United as he questioned the star midfielder's place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's XI.

Pogba produced a relatively underwhelming performance after United were held to a 1-1 Premier League draw by visiting Arsenal at Old Trafford on Monday.

The French World Cup winner, who was linked to Real Madrid and Juventus during the transfer window, overcame an ankle problem to start against Arsenal in Manchester.

However, former United goalkeeper Schmeichel was not happy with Pogba's display as the Red Devils made their worst start to a Premier League season following just nine points from seven games.

"The way the ball is being moved around when Pogba is in the team is different to the pace the ball is being moved around when he's not in the team," Schmeichel told Stadium Astro. "That is something I think they need to work on. If Pogba is playing in this team he needs to speed it up a bit. He was seriously slowing it down, in the first 25 minutes just basically playing the ball backwards.

"For a player of his calibre that was disappointing. I don't understand what his role in this team is. Even when Ole made the substitutions and put Pogba further forward, not a lot happened. There were two very good passes in the game from Pogba but it's two, it's not 15. And I see that as a problem. He takes up so much attention. It kind of feels like he's a problem child in this team.

"When you have someone who takes up so much attention, we need to understand what is his role, what is he going to do for this Manchester United team? I think the players are good enough around him.

"He was kind of hiding a little bit in the first half, especially in the first half. Second half was a little bit better. Of course when he gets moved further forward his defensive responsibilities are a bit less, then he gets the ball a bit more. He's not playing in the same way he did last season for sure.

"It's just all this slowing up, I think they need to find out what his role is, how Manchester United should play with him in the team. Then it should be communicated so that everyone [understands], 75,000 [fans] here are not too happy about him, to be fair. You kind of hear that around, people don't like Pogba that much because he doesn't do much for the team. But we've seen the world-class quality, how do we get him to perform that in this Manchester United team?

"I'm not saying he's doing everything wrong, I'm more confused as to what his job is. He's a world-class player, you expect someone like him to take charge of the game, to direct the young players, there were seven academy players today, to be the guy they can look towards and find guidance when it's difficult.

"But it's kind of the other way around which is so weird. With his statistics, sometimes you have the goalkeeper from the bottom team having the best statistics because he makes the most saves, you can't really put much into those kind of statistics. It's more for me what the eyes are seeing and there's a big difference watching Manchester United on TV and actually sat in the stand and watching what's going on. For me it's not great to have that kind of player in the team in this period of time."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he has a lot of reasons to be confident, despite Manchester United's worst start to a Premier League season.

United's 1-1 draw at home to rivals Arsenal on Monday left the Red Devils with just two wins and nine points from seven matches in 2019-20.

Scott McTominay's stunning long-range effort in the first half was cancelled out by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang approaching the hour mark as United slipped 12 points off the pace.

United have only won one of their past six Premier League fixtures since routing Chelsea on the opening weekend but manager Solskjaer told reporters: "There are many things that give me loads of confidence.

"We can talk about performance but it's results that matter. You can talk about results, I can talk about six out of seven good performances.

"West Ham, we know, was below par [losing 2-0] but it wasn't as bad as you lot made it out to be."

Solskjaer, who was without Anthony Martial and Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the Old Trafford showdown, added: "We didn't get out of the blocks quickly enough at the start of the second half.

"It felt like Arsenal were the more proactive until they scored their goal. I felt we could get a goal at the end and we sent men forward.

"I've been in that situation as a player when you come off and think you could have got more out of a game but we'll learn from this."

United conceded to Arsenal in controversial circumstances after VAR intervened to award Aubameyang the 58th-minute equaliser.

Aubameyang was flagged offside by the assistant but stayed cool to run on to Bukayo Saka's pass to beat United goalkeeper David de Gea.

But the Gabon international had to wait for VAR to overrule the linesman's decision, with replays clearly indicating Harry Maguire was playing Aubameyang onside after Axel Tuanzebe gave the ball away.

"Ashley [Young] certainly holds his hand up," Solskjaer said. "He looks straight at the linesman and maybe hesitates when he could have got a block in. That probably would have helped David [de Gea] but it is no consolation. It's a perfectly good goal for them, the linesman probably should have kept the flag down."

Unai Emery defended Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka, praising his commitment against Manchester United in Monday's Premier League draw.

Xhaka, who Emery has confirmed as club captain, was strongly criticised on social media following United's opening goal at Old Trafford, where Arsenal held the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw.

The Switzerland midfielder appeared to duck out of the way of Scott McTominay's rasping 20-yard drive, although some replays indicated the ball took a small deflection to divert it away from his head.

Arsenal head coach Emery, though, gave Xhaka his full backing after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's seventh Premier League goal of the season earned the Gunners a point.

"He worked with a big commitment," Emery told a news conference after Arsenal moved back into the table's top four.

"He ran back, maybe the first run back in this action. I didn't see that action [the apparent duck].

"I watched when he was running back and really he did perfect with that run."

With Alexandre Lacazette again ruled out by injury, teenager Bukayo Saka took his chance to shine by setting up Aubameyang for an that was equaliser initially disallowed for offside, then given by VAR.

"He is working and improving, being mature and playing matches," Emery, who left Mesut Ozil out of his squad, said of the 18-year-old.

"With his work it's natural. He's improving, he’s helping us now as an important player.

"We are going to go with him with calm and patience but also if he deserves to take minutes to have that confidence to help us, it's fantastic for us."

Arsenal came from behind for the second Premier League game in a row after a 3-2 home defeat of Aston Villa last time out and Emery hailed his team's fitness levels.

"Football is changing. Physically it's very important. Every team physically is very strong," Emery added.

"You need to play with quality, you need to play with quality of course and be able to use the space on the pitch for 90 minutes.

"Every player in each team is very, very fit. We both have very quality players. We need to improve our mental work, tactically to achieve the best performance."

Unai Emery was willing to take some positives from Arsenal's stalemate with Manchester United at Old Trafford, but insists the Gunners must offer more.

In a clash lacking quality, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cancelled out Scott McTominay's first-half strike to secure a 1-1 draw.

The point takes Arsenal up into the Premier League's top four, though Emery conceded his side have to improve if they are to challenge for a Champions League place.

However, the performance of Bukayo Saka - who teed up Aubameyang's equaliser - provided Emery with a major plus point, while the former Paris Saint-Germain coach also believes his side are showing clear progression.

"I want more - more in the result and in the performance but we are progressing," Emery told BBC Sport.

"We were competitive but we can do better. We can control moments with the ball better and take more chances in the box.

"We have young players who can take confidence. Bukayo is progressing well but we need other players too. This is not the best in terms of points but one point can be good if we win next Sunday against Bournemouth."

Aubameyang's equaliser made the Gabon forward the first Arsenal player since Dennis Bergkamp in 1997-98 to score seven goals in the Gunners' first seven Premier League matches of a season.

But Emery acknowledged Arsenal need others to step up in support of Aubameyang, who is shouldering the responsibility of two strikers with Alexandre Lacazette out injured.

"[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang is very important for us. He is very committed with his work," Emery added.

"He is happy and we are happy. We need more players with the ability to score."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to be given more time to turn things around at Manchester United, according to club legend Roy Keane.

Monday's 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal means United have made their worst start to a season in the Premier League era.

With only nine points on the board, seven games into the campaign, United are 10th in the table and only in the top half on goal difference.

They have taken fewer than 49 points in their 28 league games under Solskjaer - two fewer in their final 28 matches under Jose Mourinho.

Keane, though, does not doubt Solskjaer is the right man to improve the situation at Old Trafford.

"I think he has been brilliant, a good honest guy," Keane said to Sky Sports. "It is hard work at the moment, but there are six or seven young players learning their way.

"We're all very impatient, we want success yesterday, but you have to give the man time.

"He is frustrated, under pressure, but dealing with it. He's a classy guy but no doubt he will be disappointed at not winning enough games.

"They have given him the job, support him in a couple of transfer windows. Are there more tough days ahead? You bet your life, but you need to stick with it.

"There was a lack of quality from both teams tonight. Their lack of goals, the lack of opportunities they're creating. Give these boys time."

Arsenal are fourth in the Premier League table but Keane has little faith in the Gunners' ability to seal a return to the Champions League.

Asked if United or Arsenal were more likely secure a return to Europe's elite through a Premier League finish, he said: "On tonight's performance, none of them will be in the top four."

David de Gea insisted Manchester United must win games like their home draw with Premier League rivals Arsenal on Monday.

United have taken nine points after their first seven games of the 2019-20 season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, marking their worst start to a campaign in the Premier League.

Scott McTominay's first Old Trafford goal put the Red Devils in front just before the break but VAR was used to award Arsenal's leveller in the second half.

Axel Tuanzebe's error cost United, the defender giving away possession to allow Bukayo Saka to set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the equaliser.

De Gea, who made a fine double save from Saka and Matteo Guendouzi prior to McTominay's strike, demanded more from his colleagues.

"Well, it was a big mistake for us. We gave away an important goal," De Gea said to Sky Sports. "The game was well balanced. They had a few chances, we had chances.

"We had good chances, of course they had too, but the better ones I think were for us. It is time to look forward and try to win every game.

"This is Manchester United, so we have to win these games. The lads have to react and play better than they are doing.

"We are a team but we have to improve. We are looking forward to the next game and we will try to win."

United have earned 49 points from their 28 Premier League games under Solskjaer – two fewer than they collected in the same number of fixtures at the end of Jose Mourinho's spell in charge.

Solskjaer feels United's inability to kill matches off is hurting them, with the Red Devils having only found the net nine times in the Premier League this season.

"We go 1-0 up and then we don't get the second goal that we want to get," he told Sky Sports. "That's the learning now for this time. Be more cynical, clinical.

"There are so many games we have been 1-0 up. We will learn. It's a bad goal to give away but sometimes you make those passes, you play out and it looks good. We learn from it.

"We are at the start of building something. It's just a bit disappointing that we can't get that second goal.

"Effort is never a problem with these boys. They are working hard in training to improve.

"They were a bit passive at the start. We could have taken more risks going forward."

Roy Keane's tunnel spat with Patrick Vieira, Ryan Giggs' stunning solo strike, Martin Keown going head-to-head with Ruud van Nistelrooy. For so long, Manchester United versus Arsenal was a highlight of the Premier League season.

It is fair to say those days are over, with Monday's drab 1-1 draw adding further proof, as if it was needed, of just how far these once-mighty sides have fallen.

Scott McTominay's effort lit up a mediocre encounter in which, for long periods in the teeming Manchester rain, the quality on offer proved every bit as abysmal as the weather.

McTominay - helped by an ill-timed duck from Arsenal's newly elected captain Granit Xhaka - punctured the mundanity but United, who have made their worst start to a Premier League season, showed little ability to push on before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck back.

Indeed, Arsenal were no better, but in Aubameyang, who became the first Arsenal player to score seven goals in the first seven league games of a season since Dennis Bergkamp 22 years ago, they at least have the world-class finisher United lack. How is Romelu Lukaku getting on at Inter?

While Arsenal moved into the top four, a fact that reflects poorly on the other would-be Champions League contenders, United remain entrenched in mid-table - it is hard to argue they deserve any better.

Where has it all gone wrong, and did anything from Monday's meeting at least hint of a brighter future on the horizon?


THE MANAGERS

United earned a 3-1 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup in January, when it seemed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could do no wrong after replacing Jose Mourinho. 

But since Solskjaer took permanent charge, United have spiralled back down to the standard of play that cost Mourinho his job. The argument could be made they have been even worse than in the final days of the Portuguese's tenure. With two wins, two defeats and three draws, Solskjaer has managed even fewer points than David Moyes (10) did in his first seven games in charge.

Injuries to Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford - though the latter two did feature on Monday - and the sales of Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, have left the United attack looking threadbare.

Arsenal, meanwhile, appear a side without an identity. Unai Emery wants his side playing out from the back, yet at no time did the Gunners threaten through this approach, relying on an Axel Tuanzebe error, the quick-thinking of Bukayo Saka and the expert finishing of Aubameyang to pull level.

THE TRANSFERS

United's three signings have arguably bought Solskjaer more time. The arrivals of Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka suggest a plan is in place, though the failures to add a creative midfielder to supplement Pogba and a striker to replace Lukaku are proving more costly by the game.

Nicolas Pepe was Arsenal's record signing, but is still in search of his first goal. The former Lille winger no doubt has quality, but is struggling to find his feet, while David Luiz has so far failed to offer any solidity to Emery's defence.

THE BRIGHT SPOTS

In a United team crying out for effort and intensity, McTominay has shown the attributes required to, at the very least, get the fans onside.

Arsenal can point to the introduction of Saka who, since capping off an impressive debut with a goal and two assists in the Europa League victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, has been rewarded with a starting berth in the Gunners' last two league matches. 

The 18-year-old made his mark, pouncing on Tuanzebe's error to feed the ever-clinical Aubameyang. Matteo Guendouzi showed the maturity Xhaka lacked in midfield, but more convincing collective performances will be required from both sides if they are to seriously challenge for a return to the Champions League.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang feels the use of VAR in the Premier League means goalscorers cannot celebrate fully until their strike is ratified by the technology.

Aubameyang's equaliser earned Arsenal a 1-1 draw away to Manchester United on Monday, the striker cancelling out a first-half drive from Scott McTominay.

The Gabon international was flagged offside by the assistant but stayed cool to run on to Bukayo Saka's pass to beat David de Gea.

Aubameyang's seventh goal of the season means he has become the first Arsenal player to score as many goals in the Gunners' first seven Premier League games of a campaign since Dennis Bergkamp in 1997-98.

But he had to wait for VAR to overrule the linesman's decision, with replays clearly indicating Harry Maguire was playing Aubameyang onside after Axel Tuanzebe gave the ball away.

"Bukayo gave me a great pass, I was sure I was not offside," Aubameyang said to Sky Sports.

"I was surprised the referee whistled but I always try to score, even if there is a whistle.

"I just heard the crowd saying it was offside but then it was close so I was happy.

"It's always a bit, I don't know... a strange feeling.

"You cannot celebrate 100 per cent but it's OK, I'm happy all the same."

De Gea appeared to stop when the flag went up but the United goalkeeper had no arguments about VAR's decision to give the goal.

"We know there's VAR," he told Sky Sports. 

"If it's offside, it's offside, we need to keep focused and it's a goal for them, we need to learn from that mistake."

Manchester United have made their worst start to a Premier League season after being held at home to Arsenal on Monday.

After seven matches of the 2019-20 campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have only won twice and collected nine points.

They sit 10th in the table, only in the top half on goal difference, having amassed the same number of points as Burnley.

United have twice had 10 points on the board at this stage of the season, in the 2018-19 and 2013-14 campaigns.

Jose Mourinho lasted until December last term with Solskjaer installed as his replacement, initially on a temporary basis.

David Moyes limped through to April before being sacked in the 13-14 season, United's first campaign after Alex Ferguson's retirement.

Manchester United and Arsenal played out a 1-1 Premier League draw that does little for either side's hopes of earning Champions League qualification by finishing in the top four.

Scott McTominay's first-half strike put United in front at a wet Old Trafford on Monday but Arsenal struck back 13 minutes into the second period through the prolific Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

A low-quality match saw few chances to snatch all three points thereafter, McTominay having the best opportunity to win the game but failing to convert a United corner while Marcus Rashford's free-kick was saved by Bernd Leno added time.

In driving Manchester rain it took until the 29th minute - the longest wait in the league this season - for the game's first shot, Leno saving easily from Andreas Pereira's low drive.

The match slowly opened up with Nicolas Pepe testing David de Gea at his near post, the goalkeeper then making a fine double save to deny Bukayo Saka and Matteo Guendouzi.

United struck moments before half-time, McTominay lashing home a stunning 20-yard strike for his first Old Trafford goal after Daniel James and Marcus Rashford led a rapid break.

Arsenal hit back in the 58th minute as VAR correctly overruled a terrible offside decision from the linesman after Axel Tuanzebe gave the ball away in a bad position.

Bukayo Saka seized on Tuanzebe's loose pass and fed Aubameyang, who stole through to beat De Gea with a clever chipped finish for his seventh Premier League goal of the season.

Paul Pogba bent a shot just wide as United tried to respond then McTominay should have restored their lead from an Ashley Young corner, planting a free header well over the crossbar.

United looked likelier to win it late on but Leno brilliantly saved from Rashford before De Gea had to deny substitute Reiss Nelson at the death.

 

What does it mean? Champions League return a long way away

The fact this game was being played on a Monday, 24 hours before Manchester City and Tottenham will be in Champions League action, will not have been lost on fans of United and Arsenal. On this display, returning to Europe's elite any time soon is improbable for both teams, although the draw leaves Arsenal in fourth with United three points back in 10th place.


Saka a star in the making

Alexandre Lacazette's ankle injury has provided a chance for Saka to shine and the 18-year-old is taking it with both hands.

He has been directly involved in four goals in his four appearances in all competitions this season and earned praise from Cesc Fabregas on Twitter, the former Arsenal star writing: "Saka is a player. 18 years old showing great maturity."


Xhaka ducking feeds the narrative

McTominay's rocket looked destined for the top corner as soon as it left his right boot, but Arsenal's new official club captain Granit Xhaka arguably could have blocked it. Replays appeared to show Xhaka ducked his head away from the ball's flight instead of getting in the way. 

It is tempting to speculate whether Patrick Vieira or Tony Adams, two Gunners greats who wore the armband in more successful times for Arsenal, would have risked a bloody nose and stopped the shot.


What's next?

Both teams are in Europa League action on Thursday, with Arsenal hosting Standard Liege while United are away to Eredivisie outfit AZ. In the Premier League at the weekend it is Newcastle United away for the Red Devils and Arsenal are at home to Bournemouth.

Alexis Sanchez says leaving Manchester United for Inter has allowed him to fall in love with football again.

Sanchez scored only three Premier League goals in 32 appearances after signing for United from Arsenal in 2018.

The Chile international saw his unhappy spell at Old Trafford come to an end when he was allowed to join Inter on a season-long loan.

He made his first start for the club in Saturday's 3-1 Serie A win at Sampdoria, scoring his maiden Nerazzurri goal before being dismissed for two quickfire bookings before half-time.

Sanchez has reunited with ex-United striker Romelu Lukaku at San Siro and he feels coach Antonio Conte's desire has helped him to settle in Milan.

"It was a bit like falling in love with football again," Sanchez told UEFA.com. 

"I already knew the coach and some players, and I think the club is preparing something nice for the future.

"If I'm not mistaken, Inter haven't won anything for seven or eight years.

"Yes, it was a bit like finding love for football, together with the desire to win something with this club.

"I believe the coach wants to win everything. You can see it from how we train and how we play games. He conveys his desire to the players and is positive for both the club and the team in general."

Paul Pogba wanted to leave Manchester United before the 2019-20 season, but Opta numbers suggest the midfielder can help turn the Red Devils' poor start around.

Pogba is set to make his 100th Premier League appearance at home to Arsenal on Monday, the France international having missed recent action for club and country with an ankle injury.

The 26-year-old has been a lightning rod for criticism since returning to Old Trafford, becoming the world's most expensive player when he left Juventus in 2016.

Pogba is still United's key man - their sole world-class talent and a performer capable of winning games on his own when operating at the top of his game.

Here, we assess his Premier League career to date, comparing the upcoming landmark with his time at Juve, as well as other Premier League stars in his position.


PROLIFIC POGBA IN ELITE COMPANY

Pogba hit eight Serie A goals in each of his last two seasons in Turin, but since moving back to United he has improved his record in front of goal.

Aided by the fact he often takes penalties for the Red Devils, Pogba has hit 24 goals in his 99 Premier League appearances to date - which includes three games before he left United as a youngster unable to break into Alex Ferguson's plans.

Pogba's first 100 Serie A appearances saw him score 22 times, so his effectiveness in front of goal has increased slightly, with no midfielder netting more than his 13 Premier League goals last term.

In fact, since Pogba rejoined United, only three midfielders have scored more Premier League goals: Dele Alli (32), Christian Eriksen (27) and Gylfi Sigurdsson (26), all of whom typically play closer to the opposition goal than the World Cup winner.


MORE ASSISTS SINCE UNITED RETURN

Pogba is also a creative force, of course, and his 49 goal involvements (goals plus assists) over the same period matches Sigurdsson's combined total.

Opta numbers suggest Pogba has enjoyed significant development in this side of his game in the last three seasons, with 25 assists in his 99 Premier League appearances to date besting the comparatively low 11 he managed in 100 league games for Juve.

Pogba's record in this regard compares favourably with the Premier League's elite again. Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne has contributed a peerless 44 assists, with Spurs star Eriksen not too far behind the Belgium international on 38.

David Silva is the only other midfielder to have posted more assists than Pogba in this period, though, indicating his playmaking talents have perhaps gone under the radar. He has created 162 chances in 99 Premier League games, compared to 124 in his first 100 Serie A appearances.


A MIDFIELDER WHO DOES IT ALL

Pogba's all-round talents make him almost one of a kind in the Premier League. No other midfielders can match the combination of playmaking, goalscoring and ball-winning he offers to United when at his best.

Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Pogba has recorded 640 recoveries - a tally that beats of his Premier League contemporaries who offer the same gifts in the final third. This total is more in keeping with a defensive-minded midfielder like Mark Noble, whose recoveries tally stands at 616 in the same period.

Pogba's tackle success rate in the past three campaigns is 70.29 per cent, comparable to Manchester City's energetic midfielder Bernardo Silva (70.79 per cent) and, again, ahead of players such as De Bruyne, Eriksen, Sigurdsson and Alli.

Few midfielders dictate play for their teams to the extent Pogba does for United. Since his return to the club, he has touched the ball 8,190 times in the Premier League - a tally towards the top of the tree for the league and behind only David Silva, Eriksen, Fernandinho and Granit Xhaka.

However, one statistic clearly indicates Pogba is simply playing for a worse team at United than he did when at Juve. His win ratio in 99 Premier League appearances to date is 57 per cent, compared to 71 per cent in his first 100 Serie A games.

As good as Pogba is - at both ends of the pitch - he cannot do it all on his own.

Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford have been named in the Manchester United team to take on Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday.

Pogba was a doubt for the game with an ankle injury, although he started in the penalty shoot-out defeat of League One side Rochdale last week.

England striker Rashford, meanwhile, sustained a groin injury in the 2-0 Premier League loss at West Ham earlier in the month.

Rashford's return to fitness means there is no place in the United XI for Mason Greenwood despite two goals in two Old Trafford starts this month, with the 17-year-old on the bench.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka reportedly misses out through illness, so Axel Tuanzebe, who captained United against Rochdale, is expected to fill in at right-back.

Arsenal are without Alexandre Lacazette due to an ankle injury, with Unai Emery naming teenager Bukayo Saka in a front three with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe.

The Gunners make two changes from the side that won against Aston Villa last time out, with Calum Chambers and Lucas Torreira replacing Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Dani Ceballos.

United are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League games against Arsenal at Old Trafford but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have lost three of their past six home league games.

Arsenal, who confirmed Granit Xhaka as their club captain last week, have conceded at least twice in each of their past four Premier League games.

Scott McTominay is adamant the under-pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the man to continue Alex Ferguson's legacy at Manchester United.

United have underwhelmed at the start of manager Solskjaer's first full season in charge, winning two of their opening six Premier League matches and only scraping past Astana and Rochdale in cup competitions.

Ed Woodward, the club's executive vice-chairman, has stressed the importance of patience and midfielder McTominay hopes the Norwegian will be given time to implement his vision.

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have all tried and failed to provide long-term stability since the legendary Ferguson retired in 2013.

"It takes time for a new manager coming in," McTominay told The Mirror.

"It's not all of a sudden just going to click straight into place.

"Once Sir Alex left, it was going to take time for the club to find the right manager, and I do believe that we have the right manager now in Ole.

"You see different eras in football teams – everybody goes through transitional stages and we're going through one right now."

United return to action on Monday at home to an Arsenal side whose head coach, Unai Emery, has faced his own share of criticism.

McTominay, a regular under Solskjaer, described continuity as "vital" for teams to develop and warned against a culture of constant change at the top.

He said: "In this day and age, clubs are just willing to sack a manager without really thinking about the consequences for how that team is going to go forward in the next five or six years.

"Ole definitely has a plan for the short term and long term and when you've got a guy like that it's important you stick by him.

"There's no better place to play your football than­ Manchester United when ­everything's going well.

"But when it's not going well it's something we have to learn from and look to the future, ­because you can't dwell on past seasons and the different ­managers we've had.

"That's the past and we have to look forward with Ole and see what we can do under him."

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said no decision has been made on the future of reported Manchester United target Jadon Sancho.

Dortmund star Sancho continues to be linked with a big-money move to Premier League giants United, who have reportedly identified the England international as a top potential addition.

The Red Devils tried to lure Sancho to Old Trafford during the off-season, however, they were unsuccessful in bringing the 19-year-old back to England after he left Manchester City for Dortmund in 2017.

Asked about Sancho's future beyond 2020, Zorc told Kicker: "No decision has been made. But you don't have to be a prophet to know he won't play here for another five years."

Sancho has established himself as one of Europe's most promising talents after leaving Premier League champions City two years ago.

He scored 12 goals and supplied 14 assists as Dortmund finished runners-up to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga last season, while Sancho already has struck three times and set up another four in the top flight this term.

"He has taken this positive development [at Dortmund]. I doubt that would have been possible with top English clubs," Zorc said. "We trust the players very early, and we are not afraid to let them play. He acknowledges that."

Zorc added: "He's an instinctive footballer, a street footballer, he's always a footballer, but he's always setting new limits. He does not sit back satisfied. He wants to play football successfully and beautifully. That alone is his motivation."

Dortmund are eighth in the Bundesliga after six games, three points adrift of leaders Bayern following back-to-back draws.

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