The axe is still well and truly looming over Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer’s head, despite Manchester United’s recent uptake in form. Ever since the Norwegian took charge at Old Trafford, his head has been on the chopping board.
The doubt over the Solskjaer’s tenure at the Theatre of Dreams has in large part been due to his lack of experience, which many thought would be quickly exposed.
To his credit, however, the former United hitman has weathered multiple storms that have ensued following a series of bad results.
The latest of those storms came after United’s humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham just before the international break, which heaped an ungodly amount of pressure on his shoulders.
His troops, however, rallied to his cause in their next outing against Newcastle, winning 4-1 at St James Park.
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United further alleviated the pressure on their manager with impressive victories over Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, whom the beat 2-1 and 5-0 respectively.
Despite United’s recent results – with the exception of their drab 0-0 draw with Chelsea last weekend – Solskjaer’s reign as manager is still very much up in the air.
It’s no secret the United brass have sounded out potential replacements for the 47-year-old over the last few months, with the club making inquiries over the availability of some well-known managers.
One of those managers was in the opposite dug-out on Wednesday night. That man, of course, being Leipzig chief Julian Nagelsmann.
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His audition to succeed Solskjaer at the Theatre of Dreams, however, couldn’t have gone any worse – with his side being completely dismantled by the rampant Red Devils.
The manner of his side’s defeat to United has all-but ruled the 33-year-old out of the running to be the Premier League giants’ next Commander-in-Chief.
It has, additionally, made it crystal clear who the club will turn to when they finally decide to relieve Solskjaer of his duties as manager.
The manager in question shouldn’t come as a surprise to the Old Trafford faithful as the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has coveted his services for close two years.
The manager in question is, of course, is former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
United were interested in appointing the out-of-work Pochettino as their new boss immediately after handing Jose Mourinho his P45 in December 2018.
However, results on the pitch, including a memorable Champions League last-16 second-leg victory over PSG, forced the board to give Solskjaer the reigns.
The club’s stance of giving Pochettino the job hasn’t changed in the last 23 months, with the club recently opening talks with the Argentine about succeeding their current manager.
Although things are currently rosey with Ole at the wheel, it’s clear the United brass aren’t 100-per-cent behind their former striker.
And with the club looking to lay the groundwork for continuity and future success – the former of which Pochettino provided in spades for Spurs – they could very well bite the bullet the next time tough times on the pitch return to Old Trafford.
Manchester United will be back in action on Sunday evening, welcoming their top-four rivals Arsenal to the Theatre of Dreams.
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