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CHRIS SUTTON: Manchester United need to get a page out of the Norwich book

Manchester United need to take a leaf out of Norwich’s book – their goof about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already proven costly with Antonio Conte taking over at Tottenham.

  • Norwich fired Daniel Farke on Saturday despite beating Brentford 2-1
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains as Manchester United manager despite another loss
  • Man City was left without in command of 2-0 win against United at Old Trafford


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Norwich did not wait. They won on Saturday, but they fired Daniel Farke anyway because they decided there was no time to lose.

At Manchester United, however, they continue to play. That nonsense has proven costly for a club with ambitions to be Premier League champions.

Because now even if they make that statement thanking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his efforts and saying he’s always welcome at Old Trafford with all the usual cliches, they won’t get Antonio Conte. It is now owned by Tottenham.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure after Manchester United lost to Man City

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure after Manchester United lost to Man City

Norwich fired Daniel Farke

Norwich fired Daniel Farke

Norwich fired Daniel Farke

With Zinedine Zidane saying he is not interested in coaching in England, United would probably have to look for Brendan Rodgers or Mauricio Pochettino, whose clubs would not let them leave without a fight. They would be tactical improvements in Solskjaer, at least.

Manchester City fans, in their corner of the stadium on Saturday, loved taking the Mickey away. “Ole, give us a hello,” was one of his chants. ‘Ole is at the wheel’, another.

Rival supporters love the fact that United stick with Solskjaer. If Conte had been in charge, he would have been feared, not booed.

Larger clubs plan ahead. City announced in February 2016 that Pep Guardiola would be their next boss, starting next season. They had a plan.

United, by contrast, continues to wander aimlessly down a path that will not lead to them being Premier League champions.

The problem is that Ed Woodward, his executive vice president and chief decision-maker, is leaving the club. He does not seem interested in spending the final stage of his tenure giving Solskjaer the bus ticket home from Carrington and arranging interviews with potential candidates.

A different executive would have acted earlier. A new one could, once I replace Woodward.

United were defeated 2-0 by fierce rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

United were defeated 2-0 by fierce rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

United were defeated 2-0 by fierce rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Solskjaer claimed before the derby that United are the biggest team in Manchester and the world. Considering what has been happening in the field, it is a ridiculous statement.

We got calls to BBC Radio 606 on Saturday night describing Solskjaer as ‘clueless’ but were ultimately putting the blame on the board for wavering.

In recent weeks, the gap between United and those at the top of the Premier League has been exposed. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool left them speechless. Then Guardiola’s City did the same. They were in full control. There is a huge gulf in class between Solskjaer’s United and their rivals, top to bottom.

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