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Manchester United chief Ed Woodward urged to ‘smell the coffee’ over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future – Manchester Evening News

Ed Woodward has been urged to wake up and ‘smell the coffee’ over under-pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Manchester United appear set to stick by their manager in the aftermath of alarming defeats to their two biggest rivals – Liverpool and Manchester City – at Old Trafford inside 14 days.

It’s a double hammer blow which has left the Premier League giants nine points behind table-toppers Chelsea.

Solskjaer and his future at the helm came under intense scrutiny after the heavy and humiliating 5-0 reverse dished out to them by Liverpool and there has been no let-up in that regard, despite some parity being restored in games against Tottenham and Atalanta.

For now, at least, the Norwegian is poised to stay put when United resume after this international break.

However, club figures such as Woodward have been told to show more ambition – with pundit Chris Sutton going on to highlight the change made at rock-bottom Norwich City.

They parted company with Daniel Farke even after winning for the first time this season on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, Sutton said: “Manchester United are still living off their history of when they were a good team.

“That’s the issue. There are no excuses and there is nowhere to hide this season. They’ve spent £140million.

“I like Ole. He’s a nice bloke, but he’s being out-coached and out-thought by the top guys – the most disappointing thing at the weekend and I’m not a City or United fan, but it was a boring derby game. It seemed flat, to me.”

Sutton added: “There wasn’t any intensity and it was an easy win for Manchester City. It wasn’t a contest.

“When is Ed Woodward going to smell the coffee, actually sit up and have a think, this is not good enough and we need to make a change. Norwich are more ambitious than Manchester United.

“They are. I’m telling you. At least they have been decisive. What’s the expectation at Norwich?

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“Norwich want to stay in the Premier League… A lot of people accused them of not wanting to stay in the Premier League, but they have made a change, rightly or wrong.

“As for Manchester United, what’s the expectation this season after last season? It was to win something. Are they going to win something with this current manager, with this current squad. No. Everyone can see that.”

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