Cristiano Ronaldo’s stance on reports that Manchester United are considering sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has emerged in what appears to be a surprise boost for the Norwegian in the spotlight.
Solskjaer is more watched than ever in the Man Utd hotseat. A 5-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool marked a low point in his reign. He also arrived after a heavy loss to Leicester the previous weekend. Indeed, a failure to win in five Premier League games now means United are eight points behind leaders Chelsea.
Questions are now being put to Solskjaer both inside and outside the club. United officials have long trusted him, but Liverpool’s result would have softened their position.
And with a series of difficult devices to come, this has led to claims that he might only have three games to save his job.
With that in mind, a report released on Wednesday revealed exactly how they should pay to have Solskjaer’s services.
It remains to be seen whether he will survive this current dark race and overthrow it. However, amid reports that Solskjaer has ‘lost the locker room’ at Old Trafford, he faces a big battle to turn the tide.
Nonetheless, those hopes were apparently lifted in due course amid a claim in the Manchester Evening News. They state that, amid the current struggles, Ronaldo actively supports Solskjaer. Indeed, they say the Portuguese superstar is encouraging his Manchester United team-mates to do the same.
Additionally, they write that Ronaldo is actively urging the dressing room to stand up and show Solskjaer’s support. They say he would have advised players not to lower the tools, regardless of what they think of Solskjaer’s tactics, until a possible manager change.
However, it seems likely that Solskjaer will remain in charge for now at least.
TBEN’s information on Monday was that United were in no rush to fire Solskjaer. Additionally, Fabrizio Romano has said the former United striker will stay put.
As such, Solskjaer will take charge of Tottenham on Saturday after apparently receiving a stay of execution.
Moreover, the owners of the club, the Glazers, still appear behind Solskjaer – for now at least – for two reasons.
Firstly, they still intend to stay behind Solskjaer until the end of the season.
Second, the club currently have no succession plan in place should the ax fall on Solskjaer.
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Indeed, senior United officials, including Managing director Richard Arnold and iconic former manager Sir Alex Ferguson are still behind Solskjaer’s regime.
Moreover, no one at the club was considering removing Solskjaer before Sunday’s chaotic loss. This defeat obviously raised serious questions about his future. However, there is unlikely to be any kind of knee jerk reaction to this seismic loss.
Having said that, the MEN says some at the club doubt Antonio Conte is the right fit. They say the powers that be at Old Trafford are uncertain whether the Italian is the right fit at the moment.
And despite Tale stating his willingness to move to Old Trafford was an opportunity to introduce himself, it seems unlikely that it is under consideration.
Indeed, information released Wednesday indicates that Mauricio Pochettino remains the only candidate they would consider intervening.
Pochettino was actually United’s ‘original’ plan to succeed Solskjaer in 2019. As such, the Norwegian was initially intended to serve as a ‘bridge’ between Jose Mourinho and Pochettino.
However, United’s famous Champions League win over PSG in 2019 prompted Solskjaer to be appointed on a permanent basis. Pochettino has since taken the reins in Paris.
Now, although it is claimed that Pochettino could be in the study again if the results don’t improve. But at no point does it seem like Conte is being considered.
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