Moyes and Mourinho comments should act as a warning for Solskjaer

It's becoming a most unwelcome tradition at Manchester United post Sir Alex Ferguson.

For the fourth time since the legendary Scot retired in 2013, the man sitting in the Old Trafford dugout is facing intense speculation about his future.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went into Saturday's game vs Everton, with reports suggesting a defeat could spell the end of his tenure.

Fortunately for the Norwegian, those rumours were put to bed for the time-being, with an impressive win over the high flying Toffees.

But it's unlikely to keep the wolves from the door for long, particularly if their inconsistent Premier League form continues.

There have been suggestions that Mauricio Pochettino has been 'sounded out' about potentially replacing Solskjaer.

However, on the surface, the club remain committed to their manager, with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodard, publicly backing the man in charge.

"On the pitch, while there is still hard work ahead to achieve greater consistency, we remain absolutely committed to the positive path we are on under Ole as the team continues to develop," Woodward said on Thursday.

"We miss playing in front of our fans and we are working hard together with our governing bodies and relevant authorities to ensure that fans can safely return as soon as possible."

And while those comments may quieten some of the chatter, Woodward's assurances are by no means guarantees, as two of his predecessors would attest to.

Back in 2013, Woodward gave a similar vote of confidence to David Moyes, just months after he left Everton to replace Ferguson.

“We don’t want the manager to be a hired gun for the next two or three years,” Woodward told fanzine United We Stand in September 2013.

“We want the manager to weigh up what is right for the team. He can decide. He is the football expert.

“We have a manager who we want to give our full support to. He has the same power that Alex did.”

Despite promising the same support and commitment that Ferguson was shown, Moyes was out the door before the end of that season, failing to last 12-months.

And then five years later, with pressure surrounding Jose Mourinho increasing, the Portuguese was handed Woodward's public support.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

The question now is whether they can find the right balance?

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On that occasion, he said: "Our board, our investors and everyone at the club are aligned with the fans on what we need to do on the pitch and that is to win trophies.

"That's one of the reasons we hired Jose Mourinho, and we've already won three [trophies] with him.

"Everyone at the club is working tirelessly to add to Manchester United's 66 and Jose's 25 trophies.”

Just three months later Mourinho was sacked, replaced by Solskjaer. So while he is right to be buoyed, the United boss doesn't need to look too far in the past to see that vote of confidence can quickly turn into something else altogether.

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