Manchester United News: Solskjaer On The Brink

Norwegian Fears The Sack

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United
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A number of Manchester United players have lost faith in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer while the Norwegian believes a heavy defeat to Liverpool in their next match could cost him his job.

Those are the latest reports from Old Trafford as United languish in mid-table just two points above the relegation zone and five points of a top-four spot.

Solskjaer’s ten-month tenure as United manager is under threat following Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle – and the Norwegian knows it. According to The Sun, the players no longer listen to Solskjaer and he he told them following this weekend’s latest reversal that they could live to regret not following his instructions. He said that the next manager will simply show them the door.

Given United’s performance in the transfer market over the past two summers that ought to be taken with a pinch of salt. In 2018 Jose Mourinho gave the Manchester United a board a list of transfer targets. But most of them were in their late-twenties and early-thirties and the club were reluctant to pay huge fees for players from whom they would perhaps get just two years out of. This summer the club parted with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez but failed to adequately replace them.

Solskjaer now fears he could be sacked if United lose heavily at home to top-of-the-table Liverpool on 20 October. The United boss has almost two weeks to plot the defeat of a side who have won every one of their Premier League games all season and who need to defeat United to equal Manchester City’s record of 18 straight victories.

The Liverpool game could define United’s season. Defeat by a large margin could see Ed Woodward and the Glazers finally jettison Solskjaer. A victory would go some way to restore the side’s shattered confidence.