Since Sir Alex Ferguson ended his 26 year long managerial career, Manchester United have been on a rough patch. With no Premier League or Champions League title since 2013, the club slowly started losing its stature it had built in the past two decades. The ones that arrived later, the likes of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho, failed to restore the club’s former glory. Even to this day, with former club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær on the helm, things aren’t really looking the way it should have been. With fans already agitated, will sacking another gaffer bring any change?
Back in the December of 2018 Solskjær arrived at Old Trafford to a club that was 19 points behind the leaders, and 10 losses out of 17 matches already. Since firing José, the hierarchy and fans had high hopes that their ex superstar attacker, who spent 11 years at the club, was finally the right man to lift United up.
However, the task proved to be difficult. Even after managing to secure 14 wins out of 19 matches, Ole could only manage a sixth position for United in the league table, missing out on a Champions League entry.
Although the club’s star forwards Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanches both departed to Serie A giants Inter Milan, the summer transfer window wasn’t all loss and no gain for the coach and the club, as the Devils managed to land Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Daniel James.
With Ole on the helm, everyone expected this season is the one that will put United back on the throne. And it started expectantly, as United started off the season with a 4-0 thrashing of rivals Chelsea.
Unfortunately, the excitement was temporary. Only managing one win since the season opener, the Devils managed to draw against Wolves and Southamton, and suffered defeat against Crystal Palace and last Sunday’s West Ham face off, where Manuel Pellegrini’s boys swiftly picked up a 2-0 victory at the London area.
Manchester United are now placed 8th on the league table, trailing 10 points behind from Liverpool, who are topping with 18 points.
There already were #OleOut posts present on Twitter, and it has skyrocketed after today’s Carabao Cup fixture against Rochdale saw United only managing a 1-1 draw in full time, only being able to secure a victory through penalty shootout. The fans are starting to lose faith.
I NEVER thought we could get worse than under Jose. But this is something else.
— 🔰 #GlazersOUT 🔰 (@Mark_Champ20ns) September 25, 2019
Chelsea sacked Di Matteo who won them their 1st ever Champions league in the early stages of the following season.
They sacked Jose when form dipped right after he won them the Premier League
— Akshat LUHG 🔰 (@therealsexpectr) September 26, 2019
Don't care whether you agree or disagree, but if you're still backing Ole, you don't deserve to support this club
Piss off and take your tinpot mentality with you as well
End of story#OleOut
— T 🔰 (@ftblTANVEER) September 25, 2019
Some fans even started choosing their next manager, and the former Gunners man Arsène Wenger seem to be a favourite. With 22 years of English top flight experience, the supporters believe him to be the right man to restore United.
Recently, Ed Woodward, the executive vice chairman of United, came forward in defence of Ole.
Although targeted by United supporters through #WoodWardOut petitions back in August, he stated that with the proper amount of time, the 46 year old will be able to turn things around.
In addition to the monumental annual financial revenue of £627.1 million last year, Woodward showcased optimism about the future. Still, some fans till this date believe Woodward to be the main problem at the club.
Simon Jordan, the former owner of Crystal Palace, stated recently that he believes Solskjaer was not the man for the job the United hierarchy expected him to be.
“You’re going to need a manager that’s capable of competing with Guardiola, with Pochettino and with Klopp. And if you think that’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, then I think you should think again.” Jordan said in an interview.
“I can’t help thinking Ole’s in trouble.” talkSPORT presenter Alan Brazil opened up after the shambolic performance against Rochdale.
“They should have been able to put a 3rd team out to beat Rochdale. It may not be his fault but I think he’s in big trouble, I’m sorry.”
United will be facing Arsenal at home in their next EPL match on Tuesday, the result of which may just be the ultimatum for Solskjær.