Three steps Solskjaer can take to avoid bowing out like Jose Mourinho
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hanging on by a thread as Manchester United manager and if results continue poorly it looks just a matter of time before the Glazers yield the axe on him, just like his predecessor Jose Mourinho.
But unlike under the Mourinho tenure, Solskjaer will be hoping that his reign, if or when it is brought to a close, does not end bitterly,
Mourinho’s exits at Chelsea and Manchester United became rather nasty and there was a lot of bad blood between the players and the former manager.
It became a divisive atmosphere and Solskjaer, a club legend at Manchester United, will be hoping that if his time at Old Trafford is brought to an end, then it’s on amicable terms.
Following the crushing 5-0 loss to Liverpool, the tide has significantly turned against Solskjaer and he faces a nigh on impossible task winning the fans, board and players over once again.
But what can he learn from Mourinho’s recent departures to ensure things don’t turn sour.
Be open and honest with players
Sir Alex Ferguson was the best at creating a siege mentality at the club and making sure the entire playing staff were all united together.
Following the aftermath of Sunday’s drubbing there has been little communication coming out of the club relating to football matters.
With Solskjaer and his players back at Carrington again today for a second day of training, following the embarrassing defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side, some choice and honest words between the players and coaching staff have no doubt been aired.
Instead of ignoring a massive problem, Solskjaer needs to listen to his players and get through the most testing period of their careers together.
There’s probably a lot some players are sitting on and it’s only healthy for the entire first team football group to get how they feel out in the open.
At least then Solskjaer will know the full extent of the issues and be able to come up with a plan to try and quickly combat them ahead of Saturday’s game.
Doing nothing and not interacting with the players, will only bridge the gap between the team further.
Make bold calls
Following Paul Pogba’s red card against Liverpool, depending on how the club’s next three games go, there is every chance that Solskjaer will never select the Frenchman again in a Premier League matchday squad.
So the Norwegian has got some massive calls to make. He cannot tip-toe around any longer, wondering which players he may upset if their not selected.
If Solskjaer made 10 outfield changes for the trip to Tottenham then no player who started against Liverpool would be in a position to grumble, they were all equally shocking.
There are some massive names and personalities in that United dressing room, but Solskjaer has got three games to save his job – it’s that simple.
For all the talent he possesses, Solskjaer needs workers and that could see the likes of Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani all come back into the fold.
Don’t undermine players through media
Solskjaer has too much class to resort to an old trick out of Mourinho’s playbook and that’s using the media to alienate his players.
The ‘baby-faced assassin’ loves this football club and he would do nothing to hurt his stature and reputation at the club.
On the other hand, Mourinho almost enjoys being engaged in a spat with a player, whether that be Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial or Paul Pogba, you name it, Mourinho knew when the cameras were on and seized the opportunity.
The Manchester United players know that isn’t an approach Ole is going to take and although there may be a danger of him being too soft on the players, Solskjaer will always keep disagreements in-house.
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