Solskjaer to be sacked by Manchester United?

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Solskjaer to be sacked by Man Utd? (Sports News)There are rumours that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be sacked by Manchester United this week. This is in response to the side’s underwhelming performance during his tenure. The most recent incident is Man Utd’s loss to arch rival Liverpool at a score of 0-5 in their home stadium of Old Trafford. 

Even the high profile signings during the summer of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, and the return of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo were not enough to Man Utd supporters who have been calling for his ouster. Despite being one of the biggest clubs in the world, the Red Devils have been underwhelming since Solksjaer’s tenure, as they fell short of the UEFA Europa League trophy this year, and absorbed back-to-back humiliating losses to Aston Villa, Leicester City and Liverpool.

Solskjaer To Be Sacked - Humiliation at Old Trafford

As hosts, Manchester United were taken apart by the visiting Reds, with Mohamed Salah setting a record as the only player to score a hat-trick against the Red Devils in their own stadium during the Premier League. He repeated the feat of Ronaldo Nazario, who did the feat in a UEFA Champions League match on 23 April 2003.

Exasperated fans were seen leaving the stadium at halftime, with the lead ballooning up to 0-5. Paul Pogba also received ire from the Man Utd faithful as he picked up a red card in the 60th minute, shortly after he was subbed on. His two-footed challenge on Naby Keita caused the Liverpool star to be carried off on a stretcher.

Solskjaer To Be Sacked - Will Stay On Against Tottenham

Solskjaer was involved in talks with management particularly executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold, 24 hours after the debacle at Old Trafford, but the day ended with him still in the job.24 hours after the loss to Liverpool, and it was decided that they will stay on for this weekend’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur. However, if he does not have sterling results in the said match, along with the upcoming fixtures against Atalanta and Manchester City, his fate will be sealed.

Solskjaer To Be Sacked - Tenure with Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played for Manchester United from 1996 to 2007, and was part of the squad that won the Treble in 1999. He then became a manager for Norwegian side Molde and spent a season as Cardiff City boss.

In 2018, he was appointed caretaker manager by Man Utd upon the sacking of Jose Mourinho. The next year, he signed a three-year contract to become United’s permanent boss. He led the Red Devils to a third place finish in the Premier League in 2019/20, and to a second place finish in 2020/21. That same season, the Mancunians also made the UEFA Europa League final, but lost to Spanish side Villarreal on penalties, 1(11)-1(10).

So far, Man Utd, who share with Liverpool the distinction of being the most decorated English club, have yet to win a trophy under Solskjaer.

Solskjaer To Be Sacked - Pochettino, Conte, Zidane Considered

Regarding the matter of who would succeed Solskjaer, There were a couple of names thrown in. As of this writing, Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino was considered as the top candidate for the post. He is said to be the personal choice of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United’s legendary manager.

Antonio Conte, who most recently coached Inter Milan, is also one of the strong contenders to take on the Man Utd job. However, the United board reportedly had varied enthusiasm about hiring the fiery personality.

Zinedine Zidane, who coached Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles, was also considered. However, Zidane had earlier commented that he had no desire to become Man Utd manager should the club move on from Solskjaer. The French legend is reportedly not in a rush to go back to managing, as he is waiting for the right time to appear.

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