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Sam Allardyce tells Solskjaer to ‘shut down’ amid Manchester United job pressure – Manchester Evening News

Under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been advised to shut down outside noise in a quest to secure his Manchester United future.

Recent heavy defeats to bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City have put the Norwegian on thin ice at Old Trafford, with United in dreadful form in the Premier League going into the international break.

United limped into the November hiatus nine points behind table-topping Chelsea.

And the club look set to stand by their manager for the time being, despite links with Brendan Rodgers and Erik ten Hag, among other managers.

Both of those would-be candidates hold positions at Leicester City and Ajax respectively.

Antonio Conte was mooted as a potential successor before he settled on Tottenham — which has given Solskjaer a final opportunity to secure his place in the dugout long-term.

And former Bolton, Newcastle, West Ham and England boss Sam Allardyce believes Solskjaer is showing the stress of the United job right now, and needs to shut out outside influences.

Speaking to The Sun, Allardyce said: “You just have to look at his hair.

“Ole can only get through it with his staff and then by putting the players on the right track.

“Your staff need to be right on top of their game. We get all the criticism and all the praise as managers, but if you haven’t got the right staff… The success I had, I couldn’t have done it without my staff.

“I can’t believe I’ve still not got a total silver fox. People think I dye mine, but I don’t. I should have been a silver fox about 10 years ago.”

Allardyce added: “My advice to Ole is I would shut everything down from the inside, which is almost an impossible task, to focus internally and keep the outside influences away from everybody.

“Focus and really find a way out of it with your staff. Ole’s staff are never more important than they are now.

“Ole can only get through it with his staff and by putting the players on the right track. You need your staff need to be right on top of their game.”

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