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Sport Solskjaer expected to remain in charge of Man Utd

13:16  26 october  2021
13:16  26 october  2021 Source:   skysports.com

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to remain in charge as Manchester United manager despite their heavy defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

The feeling within the club is that while the result was bitterly disappointing and painful for everyone, the immediate focus is on improving after picking up one point from their last four Premier League games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will remain Manchester United manager for now, despite the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday © Getty Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will remain Manchester United manager for now, despite the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday

United's next two Premier League matches are against Tottenham and Manchester City, both live on Sky Sports, and they also face Atalanta in the Champions League next week.

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But despite their poor results and huge external speculation, there is no suggestion from inside the club that Solskjaer's job is under threat at this point.

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Sky in Italy is reporting that former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been in contact with United about taking over should they decide to make a change.

However, Sky Sports News understands that there has been no contact between the parties.

Solskjaer called the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool - their heaviest home defeat in this fixture - his "darkest day" as United manager.

The Norwegian was adamant that the club are close to achieving success after he was asked if he was still the right man to lead the team.

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"We've come too far as a group and we're too close to give up now," he said on Sunday. "I've heard nothing else [about a potential departure]. This is the lowest I've been, but as I've said, I accept the responsibility.

"I do believe in myself, I do believe that I am getting close to what I want with the club, I think what we've done, what I've seen, the development, of course, the results lately haven't been good enough. But I've got to keep strong and I do believe in what we've been doing, the coaching staff and the players."

Solskjaer now faces the huge task of picking up his squad and staff ahead of their trip to Tottenham on Saturday Night Football.

United are seventh in the Premier League after nine games, eight points behind leaders Chelsea, while Spurs are one point and one place above them in the table.

Neville: Man Utd will stick with Ole

Gary Neville said he expected the club to stick with his former team-mate for at least the remainder of the season when debating Solskjaer's position with Jamie Carragher.

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"If this was in the immediate post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, Ole would be under massive pressure tonight," Neville said on Sunday.

"But I think the club will hold their nerve. I don't think they have planned for a new manager this season. I think they will sit with him until the end of the season. There will be a massive outcry from fans and media that Ole should be sacked and I can understand that after that game. It was a monstrously bad day and it takes some recovery from.

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"The reason the board will stay stable is because of what happened with Jose Mourinho, with Louis van Gaal. They will not bring in a hitman again to try and do a job for a couple of seasons. Jose was the best manager in the world when he came here and it didn't work out.

"Antonio Conte's available but I would not bring him in. I do not think he is a fit. I sacked a manager last season and it was the wrong thing to do. I should have waited until the end of the season, let it breathe, and I think that's what Manchester United will do."

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Manchester United's gruelling run

It does not get much easier; United face a formidable set of fixtures over the next six weeks as they look to keep pace in the Premier League and ensure Champions League qualification, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and the Manchester derby looming domestically.

October 30: Tottenham (a) - Premier League, kick-off 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports

November 2: Atalanta (a) - Champions League, kick-off 8pm

November 6: Man City (h) - Premier League, kick-off 12.30pm, live on Sky Sports

November 20: Watford (a) - Premier League, kick-off 3pm

November 23: Villarreal (a) - Champions League, kick-off 5.45pm

November 28: Chelsea (a) - Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports

December 2: Arsenal (h) - Premier League, kick-off 8.15pm

Man Utd's damning stats - running

Critics have cited United's recent running metrics as cause for concern, with the club ranking 14th for distance covered in the Premier League this season.

However, fellow 'Big Six' rivals Tottenham and Chelsea also rank lower, and United also typically play a high line - which reduces the distance required to cover by playing in a compressed area of the pitch.

But matchday numbers shed greater light on the matter by revealing United have run 25km fewer than their opponents in the nine games so far.

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  Ronaldo stars at Spurs as Man Utd ease Ole pressure Man Utd eased the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford sealed a comprehensive 3-0 win at Tottenham.Ronaldo produced an inspired performance, volleying in United's opener late in the first half, before laying on a second for Cavani midway through the second with an equally exquisite assist as Solskjaer's side took their first step to recovery after Sunday's 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.

Solskjaer's side have recorded lower distances in seven of those fixtures - while the two games when they outran opposition, against Wolves and Newcastle, were effectively equal in work-rate.

In term of the players, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes cover the most distance among regular starters, but Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani also cover considerable distance - albeit from short bursts of game time, often as late substitutes.

Essential Football Podcast: Where next for Ole and Man Utd?

In the latest edition of the Essential Football Podcast, we look back at all the action from another busy weekend in the Premier League, with Alice Piper joined by Sky Sports features editor Peter Smith and senior football journalist Gerard Brand to discuss the fallout from Old Trafford.

The duo ask where now for United and Solskjaer, as well as turning their attention to whether the "best player in the world", Mohamed Salah, will stay at Liverpool.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool his 'darkest day' as Manchester United manager © Associated Press Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool his 'darkest day' as Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool his 'darkest day' as Manchester United manager © Associated Press Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool his 'darkest day' as Manchester United manager

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