Man Utd’s possible winners and losers if The Glazers sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was on very thin ice before their 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp, Mohamed Salah and co may have just smashed it. The Norwegian boss’ three years at the Red Devils has seen him steer the club to third and second place finishes, as well as the Europa League final last season.

However, various reports claim Solskjaer is now in a very precarious position, having seen United lose five of their last nine matches in all competitions. Their poor League form, in which they are winless in their last three matches, currently sees them floundering in seventh position.

But while their lowly league position connotes a story of their own, the humiliating fashion in which Liverpool dispatched of United at the Theatre of Dreams has prompted some serious reactions at Old Trafford.

A report from the Guardian claimed United director Richard Arnold cancelled all of his appointments to hold a meeting with owner Joel Glazer on Monday.

Solskjaer’s tenability has never been questioned as furiously as present; therefore, Express Sport has taken a look at the potential winners and losers, if the Norwegian is eventually sacked by United.

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WINNERS

Donny van de Beek

The Dutchman’s £35million move from Ajax never really got going, and many reports are claiming he could depart the club in the January transfer window. However, new managers often mean new chances for all players, and if van de Beek takes his chances, then he could very well resurrect his United career.

It is easy to forget, he was one of the hottest properties in Europe before he moved to Old Trafford, and if a new manager does come in they will surely afford him an opportunity.

Jesse Lingard

After his fantastic loan spell at West Ham, Lingard chose to remain at the club and fight for a place in the starting line-up. On his day, the England attacking midfielder is a nightmare for any defence he faces, but with Solskjaer belligerent to drop Bruno Fernandes, Lingard’s opportunities have also been few and far between.

Just like van de Beek, a new manager could mean new chances for Lingard, and if he hits the ground firing just like he did at West Ham, then he could play his way back into the starting line-up.

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Dean Henderson

After David De Gea’s miserable night in Gdansk, which saw him fail to save any of Villarreal’s ten penalties before missing the final spot-kick himself, Henderson looked to be the No.1 goalkeeper elect. However, an injury suffered at the very end of the season meant he missed Euro 2020 and the early stages of United’s season.

Unfortunately for the former Sheffield United loanee, De Gea has found his good form again, meaning Henderson has been reduced to the role of second-choice goalkeeper. Henderson is likely still the long-term vision, and if a new manager comes in, they may seek to hurry his progress and experience.

Jadon Sancho

Cristiano Ronaldo’s epic return to the club meant Sancho’s struggles since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund for £73m have been rather over-shadowed. Unfortunately, the novelty of Ronaldo’s return, from a media perspective, is waring off and the spotlight is slowly creeping towards the former Manchester City academy prospect.

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A new manager with new ideas could be what is needed to kick-start Sancho’s Old Trafford adventure, and if Solskjaer is replaced, then the next boss may be obliged to start the expensive new recruit.

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LOSERS

Scott McTominay

Manchester United fans have been crying out for a central midfielder for a very long time, and a new manager may well be given just that if they replaced Solskjaer. McTominay has been one of Solskjaer’s go-to men, and he has performed admirably when called upon.

Unfortunately, new managers tend to banish the legacies left behind by previous bosses, and if a new defensive midfielder is given to a new boss, McTominay’s days at Old Trafford could be numbered.

Fred

The second pillar of Solskjaer’s go to defensive midfield pairing. Both McTominay and Fred were horribly exploited by Liverpool, who appeared to reduce them to statues at times, such was the fluency and speed of their passing.

Fred has often been a convenient scapegoat for United fans and pundits alike this season, and a new manager may wish to banish those individuals to make their life easier for them.

Mason Greenwood

Without a doubt the Manchester United youth player who has flourished most under Solskjaer.

While Greenwood has been one of the brightest lights this season, the pressure of starting £73m Sancho, the presence of Ronaldo, and the return of the more experienced Marcus Rashford, could see his starts at United severely decreased.

He has regularly been criticised for his lack of pressing in recent weeks, and a new boss could look to make an example out of him, by dropping him to the bench.

It would be a shame as he has scored some fine goals already this season, but sentiment is often hard to find amongst the ruthlessness at Old Trafford.

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