Manchester United chief Ed Woodward likes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports. The Norwegian is under pressure ahead of the club’s Premier League clash with Newcastle amid claims Mauricio Pochettino is being lined up to take over. And the Red Devils sorely need a win to lift some of the doom and gloom mood around the place at present.
Manchester United have endured a torrid start to the new Premier League season, picking up just three points from a possible nine.
They were well-beaten by Crystal Palace in their opening fixture, with the Eagles winning 3-1 at Old Trafford.
And United were played off the pitch against Tottenham in their last match, losing 6-1 on a chastening afternoon for all involved.
In the aftermath of that result, talk of Pochettino potentially taking over has gathered pace.
The Argentine remains available after leaving his post at Tottenham in October last year, having refused to take jobs at Barcelona and Juventus.
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And The Independent say that Woodward likes Solskjaer and feels the Norwegian has good ideas.
It’s claimed the Red Devils aren’t looking for a reason to sack the 47-year-old and that, for the time being, his job is not in any immediate danger.
But it’s said the recent defeat to Tottenham has ‘raised concerns that weren’t there before’.
Solskjaer is reportedly not going from game to game, instead believing United have a big month ahead of them before the next international break.
After Newcastle, the Red Devils face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
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And they’ll then face Chelsea, RB Leipzig, Arsenal, Istanbul Basaksehir and Everton in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, former United star Louis Saha has urged the club to stand by Solskjaer and resist the urge to appoint Pochettino at this moment in time.
“We are rushing to make a judgement on Ole and that is wrong after three games of the season,” he told teamTalk.
“You remember when he got the job. Everyone was convinced he had to be given a chance after they beat PSG in the Champions League at the start of 2019. They were playing some great football.
“I played with Ole and maybe you will say I am biased when I defend him.
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“But I think we should not forget the really visible improvements we have seen from United in the last year.
“Now things are going in a different way. But it is the start of the season and you have to understand why it is not perfect at this momen.,
“You cannot forget everything that has happened in the last year and sack another manager just because they had a bad start to the season.
“This is not an easy job. It is tough to be manager of Manchester United and live up to the expectations that got with the job.
“But ditching a manager after three or four games of the season is not the way to go. Changing managers every year or after a bad couple of results doesn’t work.”
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