Manchester United are “looking for miles” in the Premier League title race, but reports claim Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will NOT be sacked despite the club’s poor results.
The Red Devils lost to Leicester City on Saturday to leave fans’ patience hanging by a thread, with #OleOut once again trending on social media as fans strike.
The hype of their good start and the announced return of Cristiano Ronaldo appears to have run out of steam in Manchester after another poor outing, with £ 130million in summer spending not appearing to have made much of a difference.
Stunning goals from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford gave Man United hope to find their way back to victory, but familiar weaknesses once again haunted Solskjaer’s side as they conceded two late goals to pass from 1-0 to 1-1, 2-1 to 2- 2, before finally losing 4-2.
While the still undefeated Liverpool made a huge signal of intent by beating Watford 5-0 at Vicarage Road on the same day United suffered their second loss in three league games and saw their streak of 29 games in the undefeated exterior ended miserably.
It was another day to forget for Ronaldo, who failed to score in his third Premier League in a row, as well as his manager, whose side did not win a league in that same round – losing against Leicester and Aston Villa and drawing with Everton in their last three games.
However, while the number of United fans who want to get Ole out only increases, it is claimed that Solskjaer’s job is safe, for the time being.
According to The Athletic, the Norwegian has “a lot of bank credit at the board level”.
United are currently fifth in the Premier League, just one point off the top four, which doesn’t look so bad on paper, but the club’s heavy summer spending has put more emphasis on the poor start of the team.
The spotlight is also on Solskjaer given the sides his side have faced so far, having enjoyed a favorable start to the campaign and have yet to capitalize on it.
Leicester has been the toughest test of their season so far, and their list of upcoming opponents doesn’t make it pleasant to read for fans who are already watching the games with their fingers – with Liverpool, Tottenham, Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal in their next six league games.
Four wins in their first eight league appearances mean United are already five points behind league leaders Chelsea, as they also suffered a premature exit from the Carabao Cup at the hands of West Ham.
Former Hammers defenseman Alvin Martin joined talkSPORT to deliver his verdict on Solskjaer and his below par, and said they already seemed “miles behind the pace” compared to their rivals.
“It will be a big blow for Manchester United and for Ole,” the talkSPORT expert said.
“To lose a game this way, you are rightly going to be criticized.
“When you spend the amount of money they have, you are now looking to join clubs that are already looking for a chance to win the Premier League… but they seem miles away from that.
“I think this result would have really hurt Manchester United today.
“And I think every time you make a decision now, when that result has gone awry, do you start Ronaldo, don’t you start Ronaldo?” All these arguments, criticisms and pointed fingers will be directed against Solskjaer.
“It’s about preparing for a race. Manchester United have to stage a series where they play five games without getting beaten for sure, but possibly winning four out of five.
“This is where they need to be.”
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