Later News Oct 27

Solskjaer set for stay of execution at Manchester United


Despite subjecting every Manchester United fan in the world to one of their most humiliating weeks, following the Red Devils’ 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will continue to remain in charge of the team for the foreseeable future.

 

It is understood that United’s managing director Richard Arnold, as well as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, met co-chairman Joel Glazer to discuss Solskjaer’s future on Monday. Glazer, however, was evidently still too busy counting the commercial profits from Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival to bother about his club’s startling decline on the pitch.

 

WATCH: Solskjaer reacts to United's thrashing at the hands of Liverpool

 

As such, Solskjaer will be given another chance to turn things around for United, much to the joy and merriment of their rival fans.

 

Solskjaer, however, faces an uphill battle to convince his own players that he is more than just a PE teacher who can wave his hands around a bit.

 

While generally well-liked by the players, there are reportedly several in the dressing room who do believe that he is cut from the same cloth as the likes of Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp.

 

Nonetheless, putting aside how amazing it is that it has taken this long for United players to come to such a realisation, there is no open rebellion against Solskjaer’s reign just yet.

 

Indeed, midfielder Paul Pogba, who was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Naby Keita 15 minutes after coming on, even rubbished reports that he had snubbed Solskjaer in training.

 

It is believed that the team remains focused on getting out of this slump, and Solskjaer himself is determined to prove that he is worthy of the job.

 

He can, at least, count on the support of Sir Alex Ferguson, who is understood to have spoken up for his former super-sub at the United training ground.

 

In addition, Solskjaer’s main contender for the job, former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, is also viewed with suspicion by some in the United hierarchy, who fear that the Italian’s hardline style of management could upset the prima donnas top stars in the team.

 

WATCH: Conte is presented with a United jersey

 

United will next take on Tottenham Hotspur this weekend in the English Premier League (EPL) very own ‘El Sackico’ – a game in which Solskjaer’s men will undoubtedly receive the full support of the fans from the other 18 other clubs in the league.

 

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