With just two wins in their last six games, pressure is now mounting on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the talk around Old Trafford among the fans is ‘Ole In’ or ‘Old Out’?
It’s nearly been three years since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed manager of Manchester United. Initially, he was brought in as an interim but after a good start, was given the job permanently. Solskajer was the perfect man for the job at the time and brought the ‘United’ playing style back to the club.
However, it hasn’t all been plain sailing, with there being multiple times where it looked as if he may lose his job. He has taken Man United to four semi-finals and one final, losing all of them. Many have and still are questioning whether Solskjaer has what it takes to take United back to the top or whether he has done all he can now and it’s time to move on.
Last season did show some promise, with United finishing in second place and showing real improvement. This summer, the board backed Solskajer in the transfer window. He spent £73 million on Jadon Sancho, £34 million on Raphael Varane and then even managed to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford. Many thought United now had what they needed to mount a real title challenge.
This season though, United haven’t been in the best of form. They were beaten by Young Boys and won in the last minute against Villarreal in the Champions League. United also dropped points at home in the Premier League to Everton and Aston Villa and away to Southampton as well as being knocked out of the League Cup at home to West Ham. Their performances have been nowhere near what they should be and he is now one of the favourites to be sacked next?
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When will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Leave Man Utd? (PaddyPower)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave Man Utd before last game of the 2021/22 EPL season – 4/11
This is the favourite on Paddy Power as it stands. With United backing Solskjaer this summer, you would expect him to be given time. However, if results don’t improve they may have no choice. With United aiming to win something this season, once this becomes potentially impossible or getting into the top four is a real threat, we may see the board being forced to make a change.
Currently, they are in a bad run of form and Solskjaers signings this summer haven’t had the intended effect. Things need to improve on the pitch by a considerable amount for him to have any chance of being in charge at the end of the year.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to still be Man Utd manager for the first game of the 2022/23 EPL season – 11/4
With Solskjaer signing a new contract this year and having three years left on it, it does show the club back him. We are only seven games into the season and United at two points off of the top. He has the time and the players to turn this around and is still in the title race, the Champions League and the FA Cup. United have had many chances to get rid of Solskjaer and not taken them so he could well still be here at the start of next season.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to leave Man Utd before December 25th 2021 – 8/11
Now, this would come as a big surprise to most, but when you take a closer look at United’s fixtures between now and then, it could well happen. In their next seven league games, they play Leicester, Liverpool, Spurs, Man City, Watford, Chelsea and Arsenal. Having all on the “Big Six” in seven games is incredibly tough and if they play like they have of late, they won’t get many points. On top of this, they have tough Champions League games in between. They could potentially be out of the title race and Champions League before Christmas which would surely see Solskjaer sacked!
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