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Ole Is No Longer At The Wheel

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer
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It’s official, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lost control of the wheel at Manchester United. Ole was given the managerial job permanently after knocking out Paris-Saint-Germain in the Champions League Round of 16 two years ago. That historical night in Paris had everyone thinking United was back. Nevertheless, these past two years have been turbulent for the ‘Red Devils’ with Ole at the wheel. The ‘Baby-Faced Assasin’ has been faced with the sack recently, and today’s result against Liverpool was the final in the coffin for the Norwegian coach.

Manchester United has failed to win in the Premier League once again, and they did it with ‘style.’ The ‘Red Devils’ have lost their second league match in a row, making it four matchdays without gaining 3 points. Some might say that it’s just a bad patch of form. But losing 5-0 at home to your biggest rivals may signify more than just bad form.

Reasoning For Ole’s Sacking

Some will say that progress has been made at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Under him, United have finished 6th, 3rd, and 2nd in the Premier League which could be seen as progress. But has progress actually been made under Ole? Although United finished in second place behind Manchester City, they only managed to get 74 points. Under previous manager Jose Mourinho, Man United also finished 2nd behind Man City but finished with 81 points. When you compare squads, it is clear that the ‘Special One’ did more with less.

Additionally, Ole has failed to win any type of silverware with the Reds. Every season it has been the same story. United have an impressive run in competitions just to fall short at the finish line. During the 2018-19 season, Ole and his boys’ managed a 6th place finish in the league. United also managed Quarter-final exits in the Champions League and FA Cup to FC Barcelona and Wolves respectively. Nevertheless, this was the season where Ole took the reins of United after a poor start with Mourinho.

In the following season (2019-20) Manchester United managed a 3rd place finish in the league, which was an improvement to last season. Despite this, Ole’s boys faced three Semi-Final exits in the League Cup, FA Cup, and Europa League. This is when Ole began getting questioned for the team’s inconsistency and lack of determination in big games.

The 2022-21 season was no different as United followed their 2nd place league finish with a Semi-Final and Quarter-Final exit against the eventual League Cup and FA Cup winners. Additionally, Solskjaer’s men were bounced out of the Champions League in the group stage only to lose to Villarreal in the Europa League final.

What’s Next?

Taking all of this into consideration, this is the season that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to bring in silverware to keep his job. With an early-round exit in the League Cup and a thrashing to Liverpool at home, Ole could be on his way out. Manchester United were once title contenders in every competition they participated in. Now they’re just a team aiming to have a good run in tournaments.

Ed Woodward and the board should start looking at alternatives after today’s result to Liverpool. With Antonio Conte and Zidane available, Manchester United needs to make a managerial change if they want to get back in the title race and challenge for Europe. Ole is not at that wheel, and Manchester United fans will tell you how good it doesn’t feel.

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