Cast your mind back to about three months ago. Manchester United were flying high, unbeaten under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the club given no option but to make him permanent manager.
Since than absurdly brilliant night in Paris, United have been on a massive downward spiral. Solskjaer, like his predecessor, is struggling to get the required tune out of a squad filled with talent. The club could already be considering wielding the axe before the end of 2019…
That’s according to the Daily Express, who say that Solskjaer is already facing a fight to keep ahold of his job – although Edward Woodward understands the Norwegian’s legendary status at United, meaning he will not be rushed into any sacking decisions.
The date that the Express put on any potential sacking is Christmas – which would be twelve months after Solskjaer was handed the job on an interim basis.
I think we can all agree that United had no choice but to hire Solskjaer permanently. The work he did when initially given the job was just sensational and the Red Devils’ hand was forced in that regard.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, though, and perhaps the club should have waited until the summer to make their final decision. Right now, you get the feeling that the problems at Old Trafford run far deeper than the manager and at this point I just don’t know what to say anymore.
For me, Solskjaer should be given all the time in the world to break up this toxic squad and turn things around, but you get the overall feeling that things are likely going to get even worse before they start to get better.