4 REASONS WHY MAN UNITED HAVE NOT SACKED OLE
Any manager who loses 5-0 at home to a hated rival can expect their future to be scrutinized. That scrutiny is magnified for a Manchester United boss.
Neither Ole Gunnar Solskjaer nor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can claim that this is a fluke result. United’s past four Premier League games have yielded just one point.
Solskjaer appears to be completely out of his depth. There’s a slim possibility he can turn things around, and United’s season is on the verge of collapsing.
So why hasn’t Solskjaer already been fired? It’s a difficult topic to answer, but there are valid reasons for United’s hesitation to act.
Here are four reasons why Solskjaer is still employed for the time being…
1. Sense of loyalty
United are still clinging to the sentiment that led to Solskjaer’s appointment in the first place.
Because the Norwegian is a United player, the club wants to treat him with respect, regardless of the outcome.
This implies Solskjaer will be given more playing time than he deserves, and the club will give him a chance to redeem himself.
Before intervening, the club would wait for the situation to worsen. They believe Solskjaer is entitled to more time to correct the situation.
2. Refusing to give up
Solskjaer was given a new contract by United’s board in the summer, and his staff’s contract was recently extended this month.
The club will not want to give up on Solskjaer so quickly because it would be an admission of failure.
Ed Woodward is stepping down at the end of the season, and he intended to leave United in a strong, stable position, full of hope for the future.
Instead, his most recent failure has spectacularly failed, adding to his dismal legacy.
But he simply isn’t ready to accept it yet, and the board will be hopeful that, despite evidence to the contrary, this is just a freak run that Solskjaer can navigate his way through.
3. Waiting for a better time
To get a new manager off to a good start, it’s frequently a good idea to give him a light run of games. For Solskjaer, it worked.
Bringing in a new manager ahead of games against Tottenham Hotspur, Atalanta, and Manchester City might backfire, putting the incoming manager under early pressure.
So there are two possibilities. (A) Hold off until after the international break, when a new manager will have more time to acclimate and get to know his players.
(B) Wait until December, when United’s fixture list eases up with games against Palace and Norwich, after games against Villarreal and Chelsea.
4. United are not the Glazer priority right now:
Perhaps the most infuriating reality is that the Glazer family does not care enough to make a decision right now.
Their NFL team’s victory last night will have piqued their interest.
Their top objective, though, appears to be a possible bid for an IPL cricket franchise.
The Glazers are reportedly bidding to take over one of the two new IPL clubs being created as the league expands, according to the Times of India.
Manchester United must inevitably take a backseat when a business arrangement like this is a top priority.
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