Manchester United have delivered a clear message to ‘circling’ agents amid mounting pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: the Norwegian will not be sacked.
That’s according to The Sun, who claim that – in the wake of the recent poor form – the club have been inundated with overtures from intermediaries, who have offered their services in finding a replacement.
United, however, have rebuffed these approaches, claiming Solskjaer’s job is safe – at least for the time being.
Manchester United and Liverpool passions run high, for good or ill
The Red Devils host Liverpool on Sunday and a defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side, who are unbeaten this season, would amplify the clamour for his departure. United have lost four of their last eight games in all competitions, leading many to question whether Solskjaer possesses the tactical nous to challenge for silverware.
Expectations are high after a blockbuster summer of recruitment which saw five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo make his return to the club and so far, Solskjaer has failed to deliver on them.
The board, though, have insisted that his position is not under threat, with the ex-striker able to count on ‘credit in the bank’ after leading the club to a second-place finish last season.
United are four points adrift of Liverpool and eight shy of Chelsea, but Solskjaer refused to brand Sunday’s opponents as title favourites, claiming “it’s too early” for that sort of talk.
While United have made a slow start to the season, his team retain hope of “catching up” with Liverpool.
“This early you can’t talk about titles or anything, we are chasing them, Liverpool are one of the teams we are trying to catch up on, in the last four years, even though last season we were ahead of them maybe because of bad luck with injuries,” he said.
“We still know we have to improve to get up to the level of their last four years. We have absolutely no right to go on the pitch against any team in the Premier League thinking that we can give less than our best to win the game.
“We have not won the league in the last three of four years, you can understand City or Liverpool to walk onto the pitch and think quality is enough, we have players to keep on improving, developing.”Internet Explorer Channel Network