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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sack theories as Man Utd hold off axing under-fire boss

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Again, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under immense pressure as his side were embarrassingly beaten. Up against fierce rivals Manchester City, Solskjaer’s side finished the match with 33% possession, one shot on target and four touches inside the opposition box as United lost 2-0.

Eric Bailly’s early own goal (8’) set the tone for United as he skewed a routine clearance past the helpless David De Gea.

England’s Euro 2020 heroes Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire then allowed a cross on the stroke of halftime to travel way to the back post where a thankful Bernardo Silva was there to squeeze past De Gea, though he should have done better.

Following the defeat, it would have been no surprise to hear that United has parted ways with Solskjaer as the manager was given three games to impress – elsewhere beating Tottenham 3-0 and then drawing 2-2 with Atalanta.

However, the 48-year-old heads into the international break still as the manager of the Red Devils, and many have theories as to why the higher powers are keeping the faith with the club legend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure (Image: Getty)

Following the 2-0 loss, Gary Neville took to Twitter to say: “The situation at United is made more complicated with Ed Woodward leaving in weeks. He gave OGS (Solskjaer) a three-year contract months ago and he won’t want his final act to be sacking a manager.

“However he knows an incoming CEO could throw him overboard by doing just that and blaming him!”

Neville has been subject to plenty of abuse from United supporters in recent weeks due to how he has always stood by his former teammate when the majority have wanted the ex-right back to use his platform to call for a chance.

Fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has also had his say on the matter, claiming the club are afraid to make an immediate change. Speaking after United’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool last month, the Anfield hero said: “Manchester United are terrified to make a change.

Solskjaer signed Sancho over the summer (Image: Express Sport)

“They’re terrified to bring someone in like they did with [Louis] Van Gaal and [Jose] Mourinho and it’s not a Manchester United guy.

“I think for the Manchester United board right now, I don’t think it’s a case of staying strong, I think it’s a case of actually panicking.

“Manchester United need a better manager. Ole is not a manager for Manchester United. He’s done really well but you need someone to take them to the next level.”

United legend Bryan Robson has also reasoned why he feels the club haven’t relieved Solskjaer of his duties, he told the Daily Mail: “The players are not adjusting to whatever Ole is asking them to do and the system needs to change.

“The best performances from this team in recent seasons have come from being compact, strong defensively and hitting teams on the counter-attack.

“But it’s not the time to sack Ole. I do believe he will keep his job.

“It’s easy to clamour for the manager to go after such a painful defeat (5-0 Liverpool) but change now causes more upheaval.

“The club have found that changes every couple of years just don’t work and who do you replace him with? I’m not sure there’s a candidate who can make such a significant difference without causing major disruption again.”

The lack of replacement has been highlighted by many as to why there may be a reluctance from Woodward and co to sack Solskjaer. Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was linked with the potential vacancy, but Spurs quickly appointed him as their manager after they sacked Nuno Espirito Santo.

Antonio Conte was linked with Manchester United (Image: Getty)

Ex-Premier League boss Tim Sherwood has said that if United were considering replacing Solskjaer then they would have gone after Conte sooner, so their lack of a serious approach for the Italian may indicate the club are somewhat content.

He told MyBettingSites last week: “If Manchester United were looking to change their manager, then Conte would be in the frame, but I do not believe that they are.

“If you’ve been at Manchester United for three years and haven’t won a trophy but you’re still in the job, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s obviously there for the long long haul.

“If they were going to make a change, they would have made it long ago.

“The United board are clearly not ready to push the button. If they wanted to do that, they would have done so already.”

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