Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his Manchester United squad some time off during the international break amid rumours surrounding his future.
Solskjaer surprisingly kept his job after the 5-0 humiliation to Liverpool at Old Trafford but an equally worse performance in the Manchester derby against local rivals Man City on Saturday has heaped even more pressure onto the Norwegian with his position looking more and more untenable as the days go on.
Our sister publication the Manchester Evening News (MEN) have reported that the club legend is still on borrowed time as United manager but the hierarchy at Old Trafford will only make a change if an obvious replacement comes up in the near future, as they have now lost out on Antonio Conte to Spurs.
Ralph Rangnick, Brendan Rodgers and Darren Fletcher are being linked over interim and permanent-based moves respectively if the Glazers did decide to pull the trigger on the Norwegian’s reign in the build-up to the Watford and Chelsea fixtures that come directly after the November internationals finish.
He said via the MEN when asked if he could salvage what was supposed to be a title-challenging season for the club: “Definitely. And you’re right, back to where we should be, for me it’s about back to what we started to look like, we started to look a proper team, we started to look like a team I like to see. We’ve had three or four weeks now of a disappointing spell.
“The result and performance against Tottenham was good but it’s not what we want to look like, to put it that way. We want to be on the front foot and more aggressive. But unfortunately, we’ve had to try and get a few good results. We got a couple against Atalanta and Tottenham but today was a big step back.”
He then added regarding his personal commitment to the cause: “I have good communication with the club all the time which is up front and honest. I work for Man United, I want the best for Man United. as long as I am here I want to improve this.”
In midst of the toxic like situation that is present up north in Manchester, a big decision has been made that may hint at what may happen next.
As per The Mirror, Solskjaer has decided to fly to Norway to visit his family and it has since emerged that players and staff have been given a break away from training.
According to The Daily Mail, the decision came as a big ‘surprise’ given the intense pressure the Manchester United boss is currently under.
With the likes of Donny Van De Beek,Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho amongst those left behind at Carrington due to recent international snubs, it’s expected the players will reconvene together at some point at the end of this week.
Of course, many United fans will point to the fact that there are similarities with what happened to Louis Van Gaal after the FA Cup final, where he left the country and was sacked whilst he was away.
However, there is no indication as of yet that this situation listed above will come to fruition once again which will be a relief to Chelsea and Arsenal fans who anxiously wait on the final decision.
Furthermore, with the club legend looking like he may have his last dance against the Hornets on November 20, a victory against Claudio Ranieri’s outfit now appears imperative if Solskjaer were to make the Chelsea fixture on November 28 and the Arsenal game a few days later on December 2, with the current gap to leaders Chelsea standing at nine points.
Nevertheless, it isn’t over yet regarding a decision being finalised and with Norwich’s Daniel Farke and Aston Villa’s Dean Smith being dismissed in the aftermath of gameweek 11 of the 2021/22 Premier League season, pressure is mounting day by day from the United faithful to see change happen.
Source by Football London