Manchester United chief Ed Woodward could sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer unless results improve, reports say. And though he thinks it would be like ‘shooting Bambi’, he’s factored Liverpool’s call to get rid of Kenny Dalglish in 2012 into his thinking. The Red Devils have struggled early on this season, losing two of their opening three Premier League matches.
Manchester United gave Solskjaer the job permanently in March 2019 after he’d enjoyed a terrific run as interim boss.
The Norwegian walked back into Old Trafford to replace Jose Mourinho and immediately got the players on side, lifting a dressing room that was feeling flat prior to his arrival.
Last season, United recovered from a shaky start under Solskjaer to finish third in the Premier League table – while also making the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League.
This term, however, the Red Devils have struggled so far.
United have lost to Crystal Palace and Tottenham and were fortunate to beat Brighton, who hit the woodwork five times during their showdown at the Amex Stadium.
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And the Mirror say Woodward, though he acknowledges how difficult sacking Solskjaer will be, is open to the possibility.
It’s said he feels axing the Norwegian would be like ‘shooting Bambi’.
But he points to Liverpool’s sacking of legend Kenny Dalglish back in 2012 as a motivator to act should results fail to improve within the next month.
The Reds turned to their icon following Roy Hodgson’s departure in January 2011, installed with the belief he could transform them into Premier League title contenders.
But, after they finished eighth in the table the following year, the Reds decided to appoint Brendan Rodgers instead.
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Rodgers, though he didn’t win the Premier League title, then improved the club before Jurgen Klopp replaced him in October 2015.
And that’s why United could pull the trigger on Solskjaer’s reign, especially with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino waiting in the wings.
Pochettino has been out of work since leaving Tottenham last year, months after he’d guided Spurs to the Champions League final.
And there are some within United who would like to see the Argentine take over should worst come to the worst.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, pundit Tony Cascarino expressed a belief that United should go for Marco Bielsa instead of Pochettino.
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The Argentine has worked wonders at Leeds United, guiding them back to the Premier League earlier in the year.
And Cascarino said after the Palace defeat: “I was watching Leeds in the earlier game, and then watching Man United at 5:30pm and I was thinking, ‘maybe United do need something different’. Not players, but maybe they need Bielsa.
“I’m looking at Man United and thinking they do the exact opposite of what Leeds do – they don’t take risks.
“When Ole gets it right – and he has got it right in a good few games – they are offensive and attacking and dangerous from many parts of the team.
“But yesterday they were laboured, sloppy and never had anything which represents Manchester United.”
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