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Sport The chant that sums up Man United's demise

06:15  26 october  2021
06:15  26 october  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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United ’ s match-going supporters represented the last bastion of Solskjaer’s support; now they have surely turned too. There is a reason why Solskjaer was a rank outsider for the caretaker job in the first place; experience counts. That is the stage we have reached, when Manchester United ’ s greatest rivals are taunting their opponents by pleading for them to keep their manager in charge. There can be no greater damnation for a Manchester United coach. There were reasons to have faith in this experiment, despite all evidence that it was based on nothing but romance and nostalgia.

When Manchester United ' s American owners first arrived at Old Trafford, they bought a couple of 'I love Man United ' T-shirts and an £18 plastic souvenir rucksack and sped away in a VW people carrier. Liverpool's success is the product of the strategic oversight and intellectual rigour of proprietors who have brought the same intensity to football as to finance. United ' s serial failure is the product of the neglect and absentee status of a Glazer family propped up by Sir Alex Ferguson's genius for eight years and who then got found out.

When Manchester United's 5-0 humilation against arch-rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford was complete on Monday morning (AEDT), one block of loyal fans stayed behind, bellowing the manager's name as they stood arm in arm.

There was just one problem - it was the travelling away supporters.

There couldn't be a more perfect metaphor for the canary in the colemine than the one that came in the form of a couple thousand Liverpool fans, co-opting and ironically chanting their support for a manager whose time seems well and truly up.

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Solksjaer is in a unique spot - he seems to be constantly backed, or at least not criticised as heavily as others would be, by pundits on English television, while simultaneously being ripped to shreds by those who once sang his name from the stands.

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Some Man Utd fans believe Conte would be the ideal replacement for Solskjaer because he can organise a team and doesn’t take any nonsense. Others, such as former United captain Gary Neville, are less convinced. Footage of Conte sums up his winning mentality. Those who feel that Solskjaer is ‘too nice’ are encouraged by footage from Conte’ s time at Chelsea which shows the Italian grabbing a first-team coach, screaming in his ear and shoving him during a match against Arsenal in February 2017.

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Gary Neville is one of the most respected voices in English football, but he's also someone who has a long-time friendship with Solskjaer - and despite repeated criticisms of the tactical setup, refuses to suggest that the club needs to move on.

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Another member of United's 1990s powerhouse sides, Paul Scholes, harangued Solskjaer for his tactics but focused most of his attention on midfielder and perennial easy target Paul Pogba.

You can argue if Solskjaer is the right man for the job. What you can't argue is he is being afforded a lot of rope because of who he is, and who the television tastemakers are.

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This is a Manchester United team without an identity, without a plan, lacking in confidence and is unable to keep a clean sheet. The majority of that falls on the manager, and so questions are right to be asked of Solskjaer. Having opposition supporters chanting in your defence in the way Liverpool fans did for the majority of the second half is an embarrassment. If this is "rock bottom", then - to coin a cliche - the only way is up . But how do United make that happen? Their early exit from the Carabao Cup does mean they have six days to prepare for their trip to Tottenham on Saturday, but more than

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Rightly or wrongly, there are many on both sides of the camera who incorrectly conflate making tough personnel decisions with spitefulness and negativity.

Much like calling for a player to be dropped due to poor performance is often seen as a personal attack towards the person in question, the idea that a coach should be relieved of their duties causes some people to bristle at the notion of 'talking about another man's job'.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Manchester United's loss to Liverpool. © Getty Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Manchester United's loss to Liverpool.

If Solksjaer isn't good enough for the job, and the tepid football played by one of the most expensive squads in the world is evidence of that, then it should be a relatively straight-forward decision.

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The true origins of United ’ s demise can be traced back to the summer of 2009. United had appeared in back-to-back Champions League finals but were resigned to losing talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid and Carlos Tevez to ‘noisy neighbours’ City. Moyes’ brief disastrous reign at United could be summed up in two banners. ‘The Chosen One’, placed at the Stretford End at the start of the season to show support for the man who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson. And ‘Wrong One – Moyes Out’, in seven-foot high red lettering which was flown above Old Trafford using a plane just ten months later.

Pogba' s current contract at United expires next summer and Scholes said he wouldn't be upset if that was his last outing for the club. He told Premier League Productions: 'To say a disappointing day would be a complete understatement. 'I think we all realise it' s been difficult, I just think the manager got caught up in the emotion of the comeback [against Atalanta in the Champions League] 'It' s not Ole' s fault, don't get me wrong, but that' s part of it which almost summed the United performance up today. 'Look, he probably will play [again] won't he? But I don't think they will be missing anything if he doesn't.

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Manchester United's supporters have well and truly turned on the manager, despite his standing within the club's history. And while you can sometimes gauge the effectiveness of a decision by canvassing your own fans, it's the reaction of your rivals that usually tells you more.

And right now, fans of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Leeds United, and all of the Red Devils' other enemies are facetiously pleading with Ed Woodward to give Ole more time in the job.

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Names have been thrown out as potential replacements include former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, Real Madrid icon Zinedine Zidane, and current Ajax manager Eric ten Hag.

All would, on face value, be a significant upgrade for a club that once steamrolled all comers both domestically and in continental football.

It's not clear if Manchester United will move on from their manager soon, but it certainly seems like they should.

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