Manchester United are said to have ‘no intention’ of sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite the club’s recent indifferent form.
The Red Devils head into Sunday’s meeting with bitter rivals Liverpool having failed to win any of their last three league games, notably succumbing to a dismal 4-2 defeat away at Leicester City last weekend.
While they remain in sixth and just a point off the top four at present, a defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side would see United slip eight points behind leaders Chelsea after just nine games played, potentially curtailing any hopes of ending their eight-year wait for the title.
Having brought in the likes of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo over the summer, the expectation was that the club could mount a title challenge, yet a shaky start to the campaign has piled the pressure on club legend Solskjaer.
According to the Sun, however, the Norwegian’s job is believed to be safe with United having ‘no intention’ of replacing him, despite the recent turbulent run.
The report suggests that the club have informed ‘circling agents’ that there will be no new managerial appointment, with the 48-year-old still having the full backing of the club hierarchy, having only signed a new three-year deal back in July.
Solskjaer had somewhat eased the pressure in midweek after guiding his side to a potentially pivotal 3-2 win over Atalanta at Old Trafford in midweek, albeit with the hosts forced to pull off a remarkable second-half comeback after shipping two soft goals in the first-half.
Although a no doubt enthralling win, questions continued to be raised regarding the manager’s tactical capabilities, with reports suggesting that Bruno Fernandes had told the United boss to change tactics at half-time on Wednesday night.
The Sun’s report adds that sections of the dressing room remain ‘far less convinced’ than the club itself that Solskjaer is the man to take the club forward, amid continued suggestion that the current crop relies too heavily on individual brilliance rather than a collective, well-drilled unit.
He is now almost three years into the job having replaced Jose Mourinho on an initial interim basis back in December 2018, with the club undoubtedly having made steady progress in the years since, albeit with a lack of silverware to show for it and continued doubts that Solskjaer can do more than just steady the ship.