Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer runs out of time after embarrassing loss to Liverpool
MANCHESTER, England – Liverpool fans chanted ‘Ole Must Stay’ towards the end of their brutal 5-0 dismantling of Manchester United and, an hour after his team’s humiliation at the hands of their biggest rivals, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave his Liverpudlian tormentors exactly what they wanted by insisting he’s still the go-to guy at Old Trafford.
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However, no United fan has chanted Solskjaer’s name in United’s biggest home loss to Liverpool. Solskjaer might think he can still pull it off, but he’s starting to look like a man raging against a storm that’s about to engulf him.
When Jose Mourinho’s United lost 3-1 at Anfield in December 2018, the former Chelsea manager was sacked within 48 hours. It was a bad day at Anfield, but it was a lot worse for United. If Solskjaer survives to take charge of another game, it will be because United cannot find a suitable replacement rather than because of his ability to get the job done.
The Glazer family, owners of United, have always taken the time to change managers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Mourinho were all sacked months after it became apparent that the The team was stuck in a downward spiral. History will repeat itself if they persist with Solskjaer.
Jurgen Klopp, who rejected the possibility of managing United in 2014 following Moyes’ sacking, is a world-class coach with a world-class squad. This was seen at Old Trafford as Liverpool destroyed United with Mohamed Salah scoring a hat trick to maintain his incredible form.
âThe result is crazy,â Klopp said. “I asked if there was one like this in the story and if there isn’t, it will take a while. The players put a nice coin in the book.”
Liverpool are a squad of players who know exactly what they’re doing and consistently execute the coach’s plan to the letter, with recent Champions League and Premier League successes testifying to Klopp’s ability to build a winning team. .
But Solskjaer, who said after the match that his team had hit a “brick wall” in recent weeks, drifts from one dismal result to another. And he has now become the subject of ridicule from opposition supporters who mercilessly chanted “Ole, give us a wave” as Liverpool played ball in the finals.
For Solskjaer, it was a day when anything that could go wrong went wrong. Less than 60 seconds after Bruno Fernandes missed a clear opportunity to open the scoring in the four minutes, Liverpool took the lead thanks to Naby Keita after their players’ first disastrous display of defense.
At halftime it was 4-0 and United’s defense failed to improve, Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire collided in a comedic attempt to stop Liverpool before Diogo Jota scored the second.
And even after Salah brought the score to 5-0 at the start of the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo saw a consolation goal ruled out for offside by VAR – signaling further mocking celebrations from Liverpool fans – and the Substitute Paul Pogba was sent off (again after a VAR exam) following a stud-up challenge on Keita.
All of the above could be attributed to individual mistakes by United players, but it happens too often with this team for those mistakes to be a coincidence. The best teams don’t make the same mistakes over and over again, but under Solskjaer United seem stuck in a miserable incompetence loop, with just one clean sheet in their last 21 games.
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United have lost five of their last nine games in all competitions and have only collected just one out of 12 points in the Premier League. They have won three times in that series – a 2-1 win at West Ham after a missed penalty by the home side, a 2-1 win over Villarreal with a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo five minutes into added time and the Wednesday 3. -2 victory over Atalanta, as United led 2-0 at half-time after a disastrous start to the match.
When United win they only seem to do it chaotically, and it’s the same when they lose.
But according to Solskjaer, who has now been in charge for just under three years, his team are on their way to reaching their destination – whatever it is.
“I’ve gone too far, we’ve gone too far as a group and we’re too close to give up now,” he said, when asked if he had any doubts about his suitability for the job. . “I believe in myself and I’m on the verge of getting what we want at this club.”
Time will tell us. United’s Â£ 135million spending spree on Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Ronaldo hasn’t done much to improve the squad, and it’s hard to identify a single player who has improved under Solskjaer.
Under Klopp you can point to several Liverpool players who have become world class artists. Salah is the obvious example.
But the Glazers still believe Solskjaer is the man, just like the man himself, but if he remains in charge of the matches ahead, it’s hard to see where a win comes from. Upcoming away matches at Tottenham and Atalanta. The next home game? Just a small question of neighbors, and champions, Manchester City.
Things could therefore get worse before they start to improve for Manchester United.