Man Utd squad have a ‘feeling’ Solskjaer could be sacked but Glazers have different view

Manchester United players believe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time at Old Trafford is coming to an end before long, and that the manager doesn’t have long before he faces the sack. That’s according to Duncan Castles of the Transfer Window Podcast.

Solskjaer is currently under significant pressure at United after a poor start to the season.

The club failed to sign any of his transfer targets – including Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Dayot Upamecano.

Instead, they brought in Edinson Cavani on a free, while signing Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek.

Things weren’t much better on the pitch, either, with the team losing two of their first three games of the season, including their humiliating 6-1 defeat against Tottenham.

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Following that thrashing, rumours started swirling that United were considering sacking Solskjaer if results don’t turn around soon, with Mauricio Pochettino being lined up as a potential replacement.

And Castles reported on the Transfer Window Podcast that members of the first-team squad believe the clock is ticking for Solskjaer, and that as a result many could down tools and wait for the axe to fall.

He explained: “My understanding from the dressing room is that there’s a feeling that Solskjaer’s time is limited.

“There’s an assumption that he will be replaced, which is a difficult situation for the manager.

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“Once the dressing room believes the manager can change and that someone else can come in and improve results, that can quite often become a fait de complait and that they almost withdraw their labour or don’t play at their top performance levels, because they feel the person to blame for the bad results is [not them], it’s the man managing them.”

After the international break ends, United have one of their most difficult stretches of the season, with two Champions League fixtures as well as games against Arsenal and Chelsea in their next five games across all competitions.

But Castles explained that because Solskjaer’s best run of form as United boss came when he was under fire previously – in January of this year – he could manage to turn things around quickly.

He continued: “If you look at the fixtures they’ve got coming up, he definitely needs to turn results around in the fashion he’s managed to previously when he’s been in this situation [January].

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“They play Newcastle United away on Saturday, then PSG in the Champions League, Chelsea at home, Leipzig in the Champions League, then Arsenal at home. That’s an intimidating set of fixtures.

“You can say, of course, that Solskjaer’s best results have been against stronger teams, so it could be that he reverts back to the packed defence/counter-attack football and gets results.”

Solskjaer has a good relationship with United’s owners – the Glazer family – and Castles claimed that part of the reason is the Norwegian’s approach to transfers.

He added: “The Glazers like having Solskjaer in charge. He’s non-confrontational. He was given the chance in the summer transfer window to criticise the lack of spending in critical areas, but he became angry when he was asked about that at one point.

“He’s defended them, he’s cheap from a salary perspective, he’s helped them sell this cultural reboot story where there’s no expectation on them to deliver trophies in the short-term.”

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