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Opinion – Man Utd’s troubles would only intensify if they hastily sack Solskjaer right now and here is why

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown plenty of faith in the youngsters. (Getty Images)

Why Man United should not take a hasty decision on Solskjaer’s future

Manchester United’s season has been far from what they would have imagined in the summer.

The transfer dealings weren’t great given that they didn’t sign a replacement for either Romelu Lukaku or Alexis Sanchez.

Romelu Lukaku

However, the Red Devils have enough quality to be in the top six, at least. That is far from the current scenario as United lie a couple of points above the relegation zone.

The Red Devils lost to Newcastle at the weekend, and their tally of nine points from eight games is their worst start to a league season in nearly 30 years.

The Sun reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be fired from the post should he lose to Norwich City.

That decision could be taken earlier too if Premier League leaders Liverpool hammer the Red Devils (h/t Sun).

However, United shouldn’t make any quick decisions on Solskjaer’s future now and wait till the end of the season.

Solskjaer hasn’t been helped by his players or management

When the Norwegian took over from Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils lost just one of the first 17 games under him.

United had a winning percentage of 82.35% and even knocked out PSG in the Champions League.

The Red Devils have been in the doldrums since the end of the previous season, and the players aren’t doing their bit for the team.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

A squad featuring Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Juan Mata should be good enough to swat most mid-table teams.

Daniel James has been a breath of fresh air, but the youngster cannot be expected to do everything.

United have a decent enough defence after the arrivals of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. They have possibly the best goalkeeper in David de Gea, but the lack of a finisher at the top of the attack is the glaring issue.

Lukaku might not have wanted to stay at the club, but letting the Belgian leave without a replacement has hurt the Red Devils.

Ed Woodward needs to sort out the transfer problems quickly or United will fall further down in the January window.

The Red Devils have the chance to get some things right in a couple of months, and it will be interesting to see who they target in January.

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Sacking Solskjaer now would start a new cycle at United, which isn’t guaranteed to succeed either.

They took a hasty decision in giving him a full-time contract after his bright start, and they need to back him for a little while more.


The Norwegian was able to get things going, and he could do the same after the international break.

A decent result against Liverpool cannot be ruled out, given the nature of such feisty games, and that could be the building block for Ole’s revival at Old Trafford.