Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has just three games to save his job according to his former Red Devils team-mate Mark Bosnich. Liverpool’s five-goal massacre at Old Trafford has piled renewed pressure on the Norwegian, who must quickly find a solution amid a challenging run of fixtures over the coming weeks.
Two troubling performances against Leicester City and Atalanta prompted concern ahead of a meeting with a Liverpool side who are bang in form.
It did not take long for the gulf in class to show, with Naby Keita finishing off a flowing counter-attack after just five minutes.
A Diogo Jota tap-in set the stage for an emphatic Mohamed Salah hat-trick, and Paul Pogba received a red card for good measure in a 5-0 mauling.
Solskjaer was understandably furious watching on from the sideline, and all eyes will be on him and his side to turn things around over the coming games.
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That will not be easy, however, with trips to Tottenham and Atalanta preceding a crunch Manchester Derby over the next two weeks.
Mark Bosnich, the goalkeeper who spent two years as Solskjaer’s team-mate at the turn of the millennium, believes that trio of ties will decide Solskjaer’s fate.
“It was a disaster. There is no other word for it. It was devastating,” he told Sky Sports.
“There was a time during the first half that it was ugly but I thought it was going to get to six, seven or eight. It is a very dark day, there is no doubt about it.
“If this continues there is no other choice for the board – we don’t know whether Manchester United have already approached people about the possibility of taking over.
“There are three tough games coming up – Tottenham away, Atalanta and then Manchester City before the international break.
“If they lose those three games, which right now is a massive possibility, I don’t really see there being any other choice.”
A post from the club’s official Twitter account also cited the importance of the next three games, claiming Solskjaer will launch ‘a bid to fight back’.
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The pressure on Solskjaer has been amplified by the persistent rumours linking Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte with the Old Trafford hotseat.
But Solskjaer is remaining defiant and insisted he won’t walk away from United despite facing calls to step down following their drubbing against Liverpool.
“I do believe in myself, I do believe that I am getting close to what I want with the club,” he said after the match.
“I have come too far to give up. I am not built that way. The feeling we have had is we were getting where we wanted to be but in the last few weeks results haven’t come and we have hit a brick wall. We have conceded too many easy goals and that is a concern.
“I am still thinking about tomorrow’s work, we are all low. This is the lowest I have been but I accept the responsibility, that is mine and mine going forward.”