Monday, November 29

Will Manchester United sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager? The latest in rumors of possible dismissal

Could any Manchester United manager, much less the criticized Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, survive the worst 5-0 loss at home to rival Liverpool?

That’s the question Man United supporters and club executives are facing in the aftermath of the embarrassing aftermath, according to reports Monday. the Manchester Evening News reports that “the club hierarchy is seriously considering firing Solskjaer before United’s next game.”

Solskjaer still feels he is the right man for the job and is unwilling to step aside even though he called it “hitting rock bottom”:

“I have come too far, we have come too far as a group. We are too close to give up now. It is going to be difficult,” Solskjaer told the media after Liverpool’s defeat. “The players will be down, but there are a lot of characters there. We know we are on the bottom, we can’t feel worse than this. Let’s see where we take it.”

The case against Solskjaer

Despite several major signings this offseason, including Raphael Varane ($ 44 million paid to Real Madrid), Jadon Sancho ($ 93 million paid to Borussia Dortmund) and Cristiano Ronaldo ($ 16 million to Juventus), the Manchester United have not played well this season. , and even his victories have not been convincing.

MORE: How Cristiano Ronaldo Escaped A Red Card vs. Liverpool

United have been on a four-game winless streak in the league, placing them in seventh place in the standings, eight points behind leaders Chelsea. The Red Devils have already been eliminated from the Carabao Cup (League Cup) and have had to come from behind in their last two Champions League games to win after opening with a surprise loss to the Swiss Young Boys. The 5-0 loss to Liverpool was the low point of a difficult few weeks.

Solskjaer’s tactics have also been questioned: the team has shown a lack of organization and coordinated movements off the ball, and there is no sophistication in the attacking sequences, which instead have been based on moments of individual brilliance. The elite UEFA Champions League competition has exposed these flaws with their teams losing roughly half of the matches played in the competition (7 of 13).

All of this has led to public comments from his own players on tactics and game plans, and that has led to reports that Solskjaer has lost “the trust of several players”:

But there are still voices in the press, including some of his former Manchester United teammates, who argue that Solskjaer needs more time and support from the property. One report even blames the club American owners for keeping low standards that have led to this moment of crisis for the club.

Solskjaer’s contract with Manchester United

After finishing second in the Premier League last season (12 points behind Manchester City) and leading Manchester United to the Europa League final (lost on penalties to Villarreal), Manchester United gave Solskjaer a new three-year contract in July until 2024. That would make parting ways with Norwegian especially difficult for management to bear.

Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, it is Solskjaer who has enjoyed the longest time at the helm and the biggest investment of players:

ManagerArrivalDepartureMatchesPremier leagueTrophies
Ole Gunnar SolskjaerDecember 19, 2018N / A1656th, 3rd, 2nd, 7th (current)0
Jose MourinhoMay 27, 2016Dec 18, 20181446, 2, 6 (December 2018)3
Louis Van GaalJuly 16, 2014May 23, 20161034th and 5th1
David moyesJuly 1st 2013April 22, 2014517 (April 2014)1

Who would become Man United’s manager?

There is a leading candidate in the headlines: Italian Antonio Conte, who is coming off a season in which he won the league title with Inter Milan in Italy. He left the club in the summer after spending cuts resulted in the transfer of several stars. He is looking forward to his next concert, although it has already been leaked that he is interested in Man United’s work:

Conte has a reputation for making the most of his teams, especially in the national league, where he won five league titles with Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan. However, success on the European scene has proven elusive and the closest it came to the continental silver medal was the 2020 Europa League final lost to Sevilla.

One UK bookmaker has odds on a list of the managers and Conte is predictably at the top of the list. Besides the 52-year-old Italian, the name of former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is also in the mix, and he once coached Ronaldo at Real Madrid. The other three named coaches are employees of other clubs and have made it clear that they are not considering a move anytime soon.

Manageractual clubOdd
Antonio Contefree agent2.88
Zinedine Zidanefree agent5.5
Brendan rodgersLeicester City8.5
Mauricio PochettinoPSGeleven
Erik ten hagAjax12

When could Manchester United change managers?

Some clubs wait until the long breaks offered by FIFA’s international windows for the World Cup qualifiers. While players are away with their national teams, new coaches typically have 10-14 days to settle in and draw up a game plan before their first official match in charge.

That may not be an option for Manchester United, who have two major league games (at Tottenham, against Manchester City) and a pivotal Champions League away game against Atalanta before the November international break begins. .

UPDATED: Updated Premier League schedule

Since a new manager might not be as keen on getting off on the wrong foot against that level of quality opposition, the team may also choose to install an interim manager, usually the assistant, to guide the team through that stretch with information from the team. new boss, while the move to the new city and other logistics are resolved.

The best scenario for Solskjaer would be to convince management to give him until the November break to turn it around, although after the 5-0 loss to Liverpool that might be asking a lot.

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