Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has the support of the Man Utd board despite recent disappointing results, according to reports.
October kicked-off with a chastening 6-1 home loss to Tottenham but ended with a 5-0 shellacking of last season’s Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig, having won away to star-studded Paris St Germain the week before.
November also got off to negative start, with Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to Arsenal leaving them 15th in the Premier League standings and compounded by Wednesday’s shock 2-1 loss at unfancied Istanbul Basaksehir.
The performance was as alarming as the result in Turkey, which has ratcheted up the pressure on manager Solskjaer and increased talk over a move for highly-rated former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
However, Sky Sports claim that Solskjaer is ‘still seen as a long-term appointment’ at Man Utd and that he ‘retains the support’ of the club.
Speaking about Solskjaer’s future, their reporter James Cooper said: “From what I’m being told, Manchester United still see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a long-term project and somebody who should be given the backing and support to do this job. I don’t think anything’s changed.
“What’s their reaction to the last couple of days? I think it’s not good. A week ago, we were all saying what an amazing coach and how things have changed under Solskjaer.
“He out-thought RB Leipzig when they won 5-0 at Old Trafford and everything seemed to be changing. The flipside to that is, how on earth did those players beat Leipzig 5-0 and then put in the performances that we’ve seen over the last couple of games?
“There are major question marks. You saw Solskjaer last night – he was furious with what happened in Istanbul. He protected his players, didn’t criticise them too much. But I think you can see that he’s expecting a big turnaround against Everton at the weekend.
“We have been here before but most Manchester United fans would tell you, when he needs a result, he gets one. But going to Everton at the weekend won’t be easy. November is a sticky time for managers post Sir Alex Ferguson.
“This time last year, there were the same questions against Solskjaer. The message from United is that they’re backing Solskjaer. He is the man for the long-term, but things do need to improve on the pitch.”
Man Utd play Everton on Saturday, who are lying in fourth position despite losing their last two matches, and the pressure will be on them to get a result at Goodison Park.
When asked whether he feared for his job, Solskjaer said in a post-match press conference: “I decline to comment on such a thing. Of course, it’s early on and opinions are out there all the time.
“You’ve got to stay strong. I’m employed by the club to do a job and I do that to the best of my ability with my staff.”
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