Things are greatly falling apart for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United if reports in the United Kingdom are anything to go by. Latest reports claimed that the Norwegian coach has lost the support of some senior players at the club.
Manchester United have been struggling this season despite spending £130 million to bring in Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, and Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus last summer.
United’s inconsistency in the Champions League this season has condemned them to beat Villarreal on November 23 and beat Young Boys on December 8 to stand a chance of qualifying for the next round.
It has gotten so bad that Manchester United that were seen as Premier League title contenders this season are now sitting on the 6th spot with 17 points in 11 games, five points away from 4th placed Liverpool.
So far this season, Manchester United have recorded 4 defeats, 2 draws, and just 5 wins in the Premier League despite the array of stars at Solskjaer’s possession.
Due to this, Solskjaer’s critics believe that the Norwegian tactician lacks the tactical know-how to effectively utilize the resources at the club to win games or even trophies.
Recall that Manchester United have not won a major title in the last five years. The best Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has helped Manchester United to achieve so far is a second-place finish in the Premier League last season. He has also led the club to the Europa League final which the club lost to Villarreal via penalties.
Before Liverpool humiliated Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford and Manchester City dominated the Red Devils in a 2-0 thrashing of Solskjaer and his boys this season, United’s board had insisted that the club would stick with the Norwegian coach.
But according to British journalist Duncan Castles, some senior players at Manchester United believe that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not have what it takes to continue to lead the club.
Also, a report by The Sun, claimed that Ed Woodward, the club’s vice-chairman who used to be a huge supporter of Solskjaer has grown cold feet and might buy the idea of sacking the Norwegian coach.
Just like the vice-chairman, some top members of the club’s board are beginning to get worried that if the Norwegian coach continues to stay at United, the club would continue to suffer.
Hence, The Sunday Times had reported that Manchester United have approached the former coach of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane. If the club can convince the French coach to join the club, Solskjaer might be forced out of the club.
Also, the report claimed that United are hoping that Zinedine would be tempted to join the club due to the presence of Ronaldo and Varane, his former players at Real Madrid.
On the contrary, Express reported that the current coach of Leicester City is Manchester United’s top choice for the job.
All things being equal, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might not be sacked until Manchester United can guarantee the availability of a suitable replacement.
Hence, it is likely that Solskjaer would be in charge of Manchester United when the club take on Watford on November 20. The Premier League game will kick off at 16:00.
Bruno Fernandes believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not to blame for Manchester United's recent performances, saying the players on the pitch need to do better. 🎙️💬 pic.twitter.com/3yY0buvLqZ— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 5, 2021