Manchester United could move from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already tomorrow, according to several sources from within the club.
Ole Under Heavy Pressure
After a loss in the season-opener, United regrouped and started posting solid results, winning three in a row. However, a slap in the face at home against Tottenham, when Jose Mourinho’s side beat the Red Devils 1-6, was the first big humiliation for the organization. Wins in Newcastle and Paris managed to erase that, but the recent oscillations and inconsistency appear to be too much for all those who love United.
The emotional roller coaster is just too much for the fans and the board. One week they see a 5-0 win over RB Leipzig, and only a few days later, a loss against Arsenal at Old Trafford, and an embarrassment in Istanbul.
Having in mind that Solskjaer spent an enormous amount of money on various signings, and in return, provided nothing more than a Champions League place, it seems that some important figures inside the club believe that his time is up.
Man Utd is currently 15th in the EPL, and if they continue to play like this, a UCL spot would probably be only a dream.
Everton as D Day
The same sources are claiming that Solskjaer’s next game is crucial. Everton awaits Manchester United, and if by any chance he fails to win, there is no doubt that the Norwegian manager will be sacked first thing following the match.
His side will have a hard time beating the Toffees, who didn’t lose against the Red Devils in three matches. The last two were concluded with a draw, and one at Goodison before those saw Everton trashing the rivals with 4-0. So to be perfectly straight, things aren’t simple for Solskjaer.
Pochettino or Someone Else as a Replacement?
Apparently, the former Tottenham manager has the highest chances of replacing Solskajer if he gets sacked. He was the top pick of United’s board ever since leaving the Spurs, and the speculations about his becoming the new Red Devils’ manager are becoming more and more frequent each day.
Pochettino has a marvelous reputation in England, earned after developing Tottenham into a strong and stable Premier League team into a world-class unit, that almost won the Champions League.
He wouldn’t have to adapt to the English culture and the entire system, and also, he knows a lot of players from United’s locker room.
The other less possible option is Leipzig’s Julian Naglesmann, one of the most talented coaches in the world, who did wonders in German Bundesliga, first with Hoffenheim, and lately with RB who even reached the UEFA Champions League semifinals in the previous edition.
Despite his age and the fact that he comes from a different country, Nagelsmann would be a perfect solution for the hot seat, and a long-term solution. He, too, would develop along with the team, inside the already established system.
A few other names appear in media, but for now, Pochettino and Nagelsmann have the highest chances to replace Solskjaer if he leaves in the first place.