Sports, Football

Pressure mounts on Solskjaer

By Reuters
Published : 26 Oct 2021 08:54 PM | Updated : 28 Oct 2021 12:13 PM

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faced intense criticism and speculation over his future after his team's humiliating 5-0 defeat at home by Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

United's worst ever defeat at home to their arch-rivals killed in 90 minutes the short-lived hype that surrounded Cristiano Ronaldo's return to the club and the hopes of a title challenge that it raised.

But it also brought into the spotlight the Norwegian's management and coaching of the team as he approaches three years in charge of the side.

While United were booed off the field at halftime, as they trailed 4-0 at the break for the first time in the Premier League era, there were no chants for Solskjaer to be fired.

But social media was much less forgiving and the British media and pundits raised the question of whether it was time for United's owners to change manager.

Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher, a lead analyst on Sky Sports, said that Solskjaer could not compare to his old club's manager Juergen Klopp, Manchester City's Pep Guardiola or Chelsea's German boss Thomas Tuchel.

"I think Ole has done a good job but to take on Klopp, Tuchel and Pep, Manchester United need a better manager," he said.

"I'm not comfortable saying someone should be sacked – but we are comfortable saying Fred is not good enough or Scott McTominay is not good enough so I do not feel too bad saying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not good enough," he added.

United have earned just one point out of the last 12 available and are already eight points behind leaders Chelsea after just nine games of the campaign.

There is no indication from United that a change of manager is imminent, however, and former captain, turned pundit, Gary Neville, said he expected Solskjaer to be given a chance to turn things around.