Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reviews Manchester City defeat
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is, for now, expected to be in charge for their Premier League clash with Watford after the international break. Joel Glazer is hesitant to axe the Norwegian at the current moment in time, despite results going from bad to worse. But the writing still appears to be on the wall for the 48-year-old.
This was meant to be the season United challenged for the Premier League title.
After signing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo back in the summer transfer window, fans were convinced it could be their year.
But United have, torridly, endured a woeful campaign so far.
They’re currently on a run of six defeats from their last 12 matches, including chastening losses at home to Liverpool and Manchester City.
Yet despite things going from bad to worse, Glazer and the rest of the United board are currently hesitant to wield the axe.
With a lack of alternatives available, they feel the current course of action is to stick, rather than twist.
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Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers are stuck at Paris Saint-Germain and Leicester respectively, with both managers happy in their current environments.
Zinedine Zidane is on the market but there’s a feeling he’d prefer to wait for the France job, instead of trying his luck in the Premier League.
And while Ralf Rangnick has been linked, he’s currently at Lokomotiv Moscow.
Therefore, with United choosing to stick with Solskjaer, it’s feasible they’ll do so until the end of the season.
United have been here before under the Norwegian, coming close to sacking him exactly 12 months ago before results got better.
And history suggests Solskjaer will be given time to turn things around.
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In 2014, United were woeful under David Moyes.
The Scot had inherited a strong squad from Sir Alex Ferguson, containing greats such as Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and countless others.
But Moyes couldn’t get them firing and it was only until Champions League football was mathematically impossible that the Glazers chose to wield the axe.
In 2016, it was a similar story.
United won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal that year, with the Dutchman winning the trophy with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.
However, with the club finishing fifth in the table, the Red Devils then relieved him of his duties in the aftermath.
So far, Jose Mourinho has been the only exception.
United sacked him in December 2018 because he’d sucked the life out of the place, losing the support of the players in the process.
And with Solskjaer still popular in the dressing room, as a man, it’s hard to see him suffering the same fate.
Therefore, United are only likely to axe him at the end of the campaign where they can then go after the best managers in the game.
So those hoping to see Solskjaer sacked may have to wait a little longer yet.
That includes Rio Ferdinand, who has called on United to axe the Norwegian following their dire form.
“He’s done actually what he’s been brought in to do,” Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel.
“He’s come in and given the fans hope again, made the fans want to come back and watch your team again.
“He’s done that. He has done a great job in that sense. But is he going to take us to win titles? Is he going to make us challenge to win a Champions League?
“You need the foundations that have been built to fall back on when you are lacking that confidence.
“When you’re thinking a five, a 10-yard ball that is normally easy becomes a difficult ball – the foundations get you through that. We (United) ain’t got that.
“The football club will be living here and breathing here longer than any individual. It’s what’s best for this football club.
“I just feel that maybe it might be time now for the baton to be handed over.
“Who can take us on now? And I think Ole would leave now with his head held high.”
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