That’s according to journalist Julien Laurens, who doesn’t think it’s good enough that the Norwegian is failing to take responsibility for his side’s poor run of form.
United were handed their seventh defeat in nine games against City at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Bernardo Silva fired the champions in front, before Leroy Sane edged them a step closer to retaining their Premier League crown.
As for Solskjaer, he is enduring his worst crisis in the United hot-seat – and Laurens was not impressed by the way he responded to their latest setback.
“Solskjaer doesn’t take any sort of responsibility for his team losing again, that’s their seventh defeat in the last nine, but once again it’s nothing to do with him”
“I just didn’t think it was good enough overall,” he told ESPN FC. “I don’t think it was good enough in terms of effort, I don’t think it was good enough technically, I don’t think it was good enough tactically as well.
“We tried to work out before the game how tactically Solskjaer had setup his team. Then we wondered during the game what was going on technically, because apart from the first 20 minutes maybe, they were all over the place and it was gonna be easy for City once they found their feet to go through that United midfield and United defence pretty easily – which they did, especially in the second half.
“And after the game, the fact that once again Solskjaer doesn’t take any sort of responsibility for his team losing again, that’s their seventh defeat in the last nine, but once again it’s nothing to do with him, it’s not his fault.
“This time he’s even more in denial by just saying, ‘yeah the boys tried. That was ok, that was better. We created chances, we didn’t take them. That’s football. Let’s move on.’ I just don’t think that’s good enough.”
Laurens’ comments came after it was claimed:
United must regroup quickly after Wednesday’s derby humbling, with top-four rivals Chelsea due to visit Old Trafford on Sunday.
Defeat for Solskjaer and co will leave them staring a sixth-place finish directly in the face, as the Blues and Arsenal currently sit above them in the Premier League table.
And ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno believes the reason Solskjaer hasn’t thrown his players under the bus is to avoid upsetting them ahead of such a crucial fixture.
“Let me just say that the best version of this Manchester United, at the very top of their game, at the very top of their effort, it’s not good enough to beat Manchester City,” he said.
“They can complicate it, they can make it difficult so on and so forth, but at their best Manchester City are better than Manchester United.
“If I’m gonna question Solskjaer and I’m gonna question Manchester United, it’s not because they lost to Manchester City. Manchester City is a superior team to what they are.
“What I would say is that if you’re having players within that team that are questioning the effort of others, now you have people going in different directions. And if that’s the case, whatever happened to the happiness and joy that was brought to the locker room by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? Is that all gone now?
“I guess to the point of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and what they’re saying to the press, he’s maybe thinking, ‘if I go and throw this team under the bus now, if I go crazy on this team now, I lose any possibility and any chance of this team putting together a performance against Chelsea on the weekend that maybe keeps us in the running for the top four. So maybe I have to turn the focus into that rather than whether guys were running or not.’”