Utd going in circles but it’s no magic roundabout & Solskjaer should be next off

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked like he'd seen a ghost as he left Old Trafford following his darkest hour as Manchester United boss.

That's because he had, in the shape of predecessor Jose Mourinho, who came back to haunt him in such horrific fashion that Solskjaer resembled a dead man walking while shuffling to his car.

Driving from the ground the first thing Solskjaer will have seen outside the exit behind the Stretford End was a group of seething fans gripping a banner which read 'Glazers Out, Woodward Out – Over £1bn stolen from MUFC.'

It is now open season at United and the finger of blame is pointing squarely at the club's American owners and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward.

Fair enough, because the root of the problems at United go right to the top.

The Glazers remain more interested in silver coins than silver trophies, while Woodward is still bulletproof due to his close relationship with Joel Glazer.

This lot are going nowhere, but the same cannot be said of Solskjaer because both him and his failing team are going backwards at a rapid rate.

If Solskjaer and his bosses think the arrival of veteran forward Edinson Cavani and unproven full-back Alex Telles are the answer to all their problems, then those calling all the shots are more naive than we thought.

United have been here before. Back in 2014 they signed another South American forward on deadline day in the shape of Radamel Falcao.

He cost them £24m but lasted one season and the farce quite literally ended in tears, with the Colombian crying down his mobile phone to his agent, begging him to get him out of Manchester.

United are going round in circles, but there is nothing magic about this roundabout – and the next person to fall off it should be Solskjaer.

As the Tottenham goals flew past David De Gea on a Sunday roasting for United, Woodward could be seen texting someone on his mobile phone.

Supporters will be hoping that somewhere in the UK, Mauricio Pochettino's phone was pinging. If it wasn't, then it should have been because the Argentine remains the perfect fit for a club in need of someone who can take them back to the top.

Solskjaer's name might be synonymous with United's history, but so what? The decision to appoint him in 2018 was a risk and now United seem to be persisting with an experiment based on nothing more significant than emotion.

After Mourinho's summer of discontent in 2018, United started the season with five wins from the 13 games in all competitions and he was gone before Christmas.

History is now repeating itself at United both on and off the pitch. The Norewgian hasn't been backed in the transfer market and United are already cut adrift of the Premier League leaders and out of the title race.

Irrespective of the hand Solskjaer has been dealt from his bosses, he has to accept it and get on with improving those players he does have at his disposal.

With the exception of Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes, Solskjaer hasn't done this.

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He was found wanting in the big games last season, losing not one but three semi-finals and only led United to a third place finish due to the collapse of Leicester following lockdown.

He asked Mike Phelan to return as his comfort blanket on the day he was appointed caretaker boss, someone who at the time was lecturing at Burnley College, while the rest of his coaching staff lack experience and kudos.

A team is a reflection of its manager – and what the Glazers and Woodward saw against Spurs was more than enough evidence to prove that a managerial change has to be made in the coming weeks, before all hell breaks loose.

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