Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reviews Manchester City defeat
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Manchester United will be on the lookout for a new manager if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is given his marching orders in the coming weeks. Solskjaer has overseen an egregious run of form, with United winning just once in their last six Premier League games.
The Red Devils suffered yet another home defeat on Saturday as they went down to Manchester City.
The Citizens opened the scoring after seven minutes as Eric Bailly diverted Joao Cancelo’s cross past David de Gea, before Bernardo Silva added a second in the closing stages of the first half.
Man Utd had no answers in the second period as they fell nine points behind league leaders Chelsea.
The defeat means United haven’t won at home in the Premier League since defeating Newcastle 4-1 in mid-September.
And pressure is growing on Solskjaer, with reports suggesting he could soon be axed although he retains enough support from his superiors for now.
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A whole host of managers have been tipped to take over from the Norwegian, with former RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick apparently interested in landing the role.
And, according to ESPN, the 63-year-old has impressed Man Utd vice-chairman Ed Woodward during informal meetings in the past.
United view Rangnick as a viable short-term option, but he is currently working as head of sports and development at Russian giants Lokomotiv Moscow.
Rangnick has amassed a huge amount of experience during his previous roles with the likes of Stuttgart, Schalke and Hoffenheim.
He was the catalyst for RB Leipzig’s success as he virtually single-handedly pioneered the club’s rise from tier five of German football to the Champions League.
He first joined the club as sporting director in 2012, before later taking over as manager.
He built the foundations for success with his work on and off the pitch and signed star players Sadio Mane and Timo Werner.
Rangnick is a tactical genius and was an innovator of the pressing style of football currently utilised by the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.
There is talk of Rangnick joining Man Utd on an interim basis but the German would apparently want an off the pitch role at Old Trafford if he didn’t continue as manager, which could be a sticking point for club chiefs.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer insists he doesn’t feel as though he’s about to be sacked.
“No, I don’t start to feel like that,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports on Saturday after being asked if he’s on borrowed time.
“I have good communication all the time with the club that’s very up-front and honest about the situation.
“We’ve just got to get back to what we started to look like and what we were for a while. We’ve got the players to do that.
“We need to be on the front foot more. I can’t look at myself and say this is the way I want Manchester United to play.”
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