Liverpool's record 5-0 win at Man Utd: Solskjaer at 'rock bottom'
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Manchester United are unlikely to go through the same channels which saw Jose Mourinho lose his job nearly three years ago in deciding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future, according to reports. Sunday’s thumping defeat at the hands of Liverpool has raised serious questions on Solskjaer’s capabilities of leading United out of their current rut.
While they started the campaign with impressive results against Leeds and Newcastle, there were also some red flags early on with some questionable performances.
There were late wins over Wolves and West Ham but, since then, United have been unable to pick up all three points in four consecutive matches.
The 4-2 defeat to Leicester earlier this month came as a shock to some but Liverpool’s 5-0 win at Old Trafford led to huge uproar among thousands of United fans.
Supporters were calling for Solskjaer to be sacked and reports on Monday indicated that Antonio Conte was being lined up to come in with immediate effect.
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But it seems as though the United board are willing to stick with Solskjaer to turn things around at the club.
There will now be huge pressure on the Norwegian head coach to end their run without a win against Tottenham this weekend.
It’s been nearly three years since Solskjaer replaced Mourinho as first-team manager after the Portuguese boss lost parts of the dressing room with the club unable to trust in him turning things around.
Solskjaer faces a similar crossroad at United with reports stating that Eric Bailly is among a group of players frustrated at the 48-year-old.
But the main difference between Solskjaer and the end of Mourinho’s reign in charge is that no contingency plan has ever been in place to replace the former.
According to the Manchester Evening News, ‘no plan’ has been in place to sack Solskjaer and who they’d want to come in as his replacement.
That largely points to the fact Solskjaer was given a new three-year contract back in July with Ed Woodward confidently predicting that United were “heading in the right direction”.
“Ole and his staff have worked tirelessly putting the foundations in place for long-term success on the pitch,” Woodward said in the summer.
“The results of that have become increasingly visible over the past two seasons and we are all looking forward to seeing this exciting team develop further in the years ahead.”
That reportedly differs to the months before Mourinho’s departure as talk of a potential successor was being discussed for weeks.
Mauricio Pochettino was originally their top target, but Solskjaer was the man United turned to in order to turn things around.
It now appears as though Solskjaer is on borrowed time at Old Trafford, largely due to United not currently being in a position to look for a replacement.
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