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Solskjaer’s job in the balance

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Manchester United may bin him

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The woman in the background is less than impressed.
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going into this weekend’s match against Everton knowing that it could be his last with the club.

Solskjaer is on a run of two defeats, but the first loss was against Arsenal at Old Trafford, a venue where the London club struggle to be anything except their usual selves.

The next defeat came against Istanbul Basaksehir, with Harry Maguire’s terrible defending and United’s miserable attacking play proving that there are problems from front to back at the club.

United are 15th, and just four points clear of the relegation zone, in what is the club’s worst start for years. There have been bright spots, such as wins against Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, but they will be meaningless at the end of the season if they do not manage to secure Champions League football next season.

There is speculation that United could be looking to use the upcoming international break as a chance to get rid of the Norwegian and sort a replacement for him, with Mauricio Pochettino’s presence looming.

The Argentine has made a return to the media to make it clear he is ready to take over at a new club, and he has been in contact with Ed Woodward before over his requirements should he take over at the club. That was before the permanent appointment of Solskjaer though, so there is not necessarily the same progress made so far.

Nonetheless with United struggling and Woodward always keen to make a change if he can avoid the blame, now would be the perfect time. Swapping out Solskjaer for a new man would give him a break in club football to settle in, and to make sure that he gets to hit the ground running with his players. Solskjaer has occasionally done well but it’s probably time for a real manager to be employed