Despite Manchester United’s humiliating 5-0 loss to great rivals, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to fight another day… and he should have thanked Cristiano Ronaldo.
Liverpool’s bonding of the Red Devils on Sunday raised even more questions about Solskjaer’s position with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte linked to the role.
However, it is understood that the Norwegian will be in charge of Man United’s next outing, a Premier League clash at Tottenham on Saturday, live on talkSPORT.
It is the start of a particularly crucial series of matches for Solskjaer and his team. Following Spurs, United travel to Atalanta in a crucial Champions League encounter, then face Manchester City at Old Trafford on November 6.
Solskjaer’s long-term future is by no means secure, the Times reports, with him and his staff having received no assurances from the club’s top brass.
One thing that could keep Solskjaer at work is how much it would cost Man United to fire him.
The Sun reports that the club would be forced to pay severance pay of £ 7.5million, the equivalent of a year’s salary, if they wanted to fire him now.
But confidence in Solskjaer in the Man United dressing room is said to be at an all-time low, with claims a number of players have openly turned on the manager after Liverpool’s loss.
According to The Times, there was a second locker room investigation after the 5-0 beating, following clear-cut discussions following their previous 4-2 loss to Leicester, which saw a player target Solskjaer for his picks from team.
Another star, according to the report, hammered a number of his teammates for not showing sufficient commitment and motivation in training.
The Manchester Evening News reports that Ronaldo is the one “who keeps the dressing room together”, saying he has tried to rally the team and urged them to show unity.
Ronaldo is claimed to be coaxing players into not using tools, regardless of what they think of the current manager, and backing Solskjaer.
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