Latest: Solskjaer on the brink as more sack claims emerge
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is teetering on the brink at Manchester United.
The Times reports the United board have made the decision to sack Solskjaer.
But the decision has not yet been made official. Sky Sports reported that the board were still undecided after an emergency meeting hours after the Watford loss.
ESPN reported that talks were focused on Solskjaer’s compensation costs.
Time up for Ole
It now seems to be a matter of time before Solskjaer is officially dismissed as Manchester United boss, and it is overdue.
This decision should have been taken after the Liverpool defeat, and certainly after the City game.
Now United are scrambling. Talks over compensation should have been prepared a fortnight ago at least.
Instead of acting decisively, United are dithering, and leaving it desperately late, with a game against Villarreal on Tuesday.
The MEN claim Darren Fletcher could take temporary charge in midweek away at Villarreal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United spell
- Appointed in 2018 as interim boss
Solskjaer was hired until the end of the 2018/19 season in a surprise move as a stop-gap after Jose Mourinho was sacked.
- Hired full-time in March 2019
After a superb Premier League run, Solskjaer defeated Paris Saint-Germain in a Champions League upset win after a 2-0 first leg defeat. The momentum saw United give Solskjaer the job full-time.
- An up and down 2019/20
After a terrible end to the 2018/19 season, Solskjaer began the following season poorly and the decision to hand him the job looked like a possible error. Solskjaer then rallied his team and managed to finish in third place. Along the way United lost three semi-finals.
- Second place in 2020/21
United built on third the previous year and managed to finish in second. The team even topped the table in January before sliding off. United reached another semi-final, and then reached the Europa League final, losing to Villarreal on penalties.
- Unable to take the next step
Solskjaer was backed in the summer and got the players he wanted. After a terrific first game against Leeds, United’s performances stuttered, gradually getting worse. The defence leaked goals and the whole team seemed to take a backwards step. A 4-1 loss to Watford was the final humiliation.
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