Jamie Carragher believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still resembles an interim manager at Manchester United.
They also scraped a 1-0 win against minnows Astana in the Europa League and had to rely on penalties to beat Rochdale in the Carabao Cup.
Solskjaer is under some pressure to turn things around but the turmoil shows no sign of abating.
Carragher wants the United boss to do two things to try and stamp his authority at the club.
He wrote in the Telegraph: “Let’s be honest. There is an understandable reluctance from United supporters, ex-players or anyone with a love or affiliation to the club to admit the coach is not performing at the required level for a club of such stature.
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“Solskjaer is not liked by United fans. He is loved. It is too difficult for many to bring themselves to point the finger at him in the way they did David Moyes, Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho.
“To me, Solskjaer still resembles an interim manager – in place to clear the dressing room of expensive, under-performing names and put the spine of a team together for his successor.
“In my view he will never lead United to a Premier League title or win the Champions League because even if he achieves the goal of restoring stability, I believe he will be replaced by an established, elite coach.
“It may not be in his nature, but that is why it has reached the stage where it would be wise of Solskjaer to help himself more by putting pressure on those above to make more signings during the January transfer window as he may not be in charge for another one.
“He should also take a firm decision by immediately appointing Harry Maguire captain. He can be empowered to take such big decisions by his popularity.”