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Man Utd board involved in ‘split of opinion’ with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under huge pressure

Manchester United’s board are split on hiring Brendan Rodgers as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fights to avoid becoming the latest managerial casualty at Old Trafford. The Red Devils went into the season with high hopes after a summer spending spree. But, having lost six of their last 12 matches, the pressure is very much on the Norwegian at the current moment in time.

United signed Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer in a bid to finally win the Premier League title.

But Solskjaer has struggled to coax the best from the trio, with the Red Devils enduring a wretched campaign so far.

United trail Chelsea by nine points at the top of the Premier League table and are already out of the Carabao Cup, having been beaten by West Ham in September.

Had it not been for Ronaldo’s exploits in the Champions League, things could be even worse.

And The Sun say that while Rodgers is the frontrunner to take over from Solskjaer at Old Trafford, the possible appointment of the former Liverpool boss has ‘split opinion’ at boardroom level.

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But he’s not indicated he’d be willing to take over at Old Trafford, especially after declining Tottenham back in the summer.

Solskjaer, for now, is having to do everything in his power to turn the situation at United around.

And, should he fail to get his players fully firing, then it seems as though he’ll become the latest managerial casualty at the club.

United gave David Moyes the post in 2013 after Sir Alex Ferguson retired following 26 glorious years in charge.

Ferguson told supporters to stand by Moyes, perhaps mindful of some issues his countryman would have to endure.

But Moyes lasted just 10 months before being chopped having failed to guide them into the Champions League qualifying positions.

Louis van Gaal then came in and won the FA Cup during his second season in charge.

But Van Gaal, like Moyes, paid the price for failing to guide United into the top four by losing his job after two years.

After Van Gaal came Jose Mourinho.

However, Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 after losing the support of both players and board members alike.

And whether Solskjaer can guide United into the top four this term, and lift some of the doom and gloom mood around the place, remains to be seen.

Simon Jordan thinks the Norwegian isn’t good enough to win the title with United, saying: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will get Manchester United to fourth or fifth in the Premier League, he’ll get you to second in a poor season, but you might as well be third or fourth – second is just second.

“Manchester United, I thought, their whole ideal and their whole sentiment behind the club is they were built to win.

“Now, they’ve moved from being built to win to, they’re winning off the pitch, the economics of Manchester United stack up still…

“But the challenge, for me, is… I’ve been saying for three years about Solskjaer being a very decent football manager with a decent squad of players, but what you’re just seeing is levels.

“The levels of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, from the dugout to the pitch, is evident.”

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