Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer flies back to Norway with his family after Manchester City defeat
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has escaped the noise surrounding his future at Manchester United by flying back to Norway with his family on Monday.
Solskjaer has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks and his future at Old Trafford is being called into question following a series of dire performances against fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
United were booed at half-time and at full time against City on Saturday after a loss that was as humiliating as a five-goal blowout against Liverpool two weeks earlier.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to Norway with his family on Monday afternoon as the pressure continues to mount on the Manchester United manager.
The 42-year-old is seen at Manchester Airport with his two sons before boarding his flight.
And now it looks like the 48-year-old is looking to seek out some home comforts in Norway, while several of his first-team players head to international service.
Solskjaer was photographed on Monday afternoon carrying a sky blue bag as he, his wife and their two children made their way to the Signature private jet terminal at Manchester Airport.
The Norwegian manager seemed to be in a very good mood before boarding his flight back to Molde.
It comes days after the Manchester derby at the Theater of Dreams turned into a nightmare for Solskjaer, as he watched his defenseless United lack the qualities to go head-to-head with Pep Guardiola’s men.
The Norwegian coach seemed to be in a very good mood before boarding his flight back to Molde.
After an own goal from Eric Bailly and a second, poorly defended Bernardo Silva at the edge of the break, Solskjaer was left without questioning where it all went so wrong once again.
He watched as the United manager came out swaying, where he insisted that he is ready to move on as Manchester United manager, despite another punishment loss at home.
The United manager admitted that the 2-0 loss was “a big step backwards” and admitted that he is happy about the international break as the former United stars lined up to criticize “a beating” from their rivals.
“While I’m here, I want to do what I can to improve this,” Solskjaer said. “When you lose a game against a good team, you want to see a better Man United team than that.
Solskjaer boarded the private jet and flew back after several difficult weeks in Manchester.
‘We needed to be aggressive. That [the international break] It has come at a good time for us now. We have had a difficult period. ‘
Pressed on whether he is the man who will turn the club’s fortunes, Solskjaer insisted: “Yes, definitely.”
City had played rivals at Old Trafford and, alarmingly for United, Solskjaer acknowledged that they are currently picking teams to put down opponents, having traded back five to beat Tottenham last Sunday.
“Tottenham last week was good, but it’s not what we want to look like.” ‘Unfortunately, we have had to [do that] to try to get results.
“We want to be up front and be more aggressive. For us, it’s about [the next game against] Watford. We have to come like a wounded animal.
United had previously insisted that Solskjaer’s job was not threatened, but would be reviewed later in December.
However, United’s plans to keep him in charge until the end of the season have been derailed after a disastrous few weeks in which the club lost ground in the title race.
United had planned to keep Solskjaer until the end of the season, but big losses to Liverpool and Man City have prompted a possible rethink.
Against the City in the derby Solskjaer was widely surpassed by Pep Guardiola
United hoped to make a decision on Solskjaer’s future in the summer, when any managerial changes could be planned. However, back-to-back losses at home have put Solskjaer firmly in the spotlight.
The sense of optimism around the club in the summer that it could lead United to a title challenge this season has given way to a sense of shock and uncertainty.
So far, United’s hierarchy has been unwilling to fire Solskjaer, having aligned himself so closely with the Old Trafford legend and his task of restoring the club’s true values after succeeding José Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.
Co-Chairs Joel and Avram Glazer and Executive Vice President Ed Woodward would have preferred to wait until the summer to assess the situation when the Norwegian would have been in office for three and a half years. Then any changes would be considered considered with more time to install a suitable replacement.
They resisted calls to fire Solskjaer and appoint Antonio Conte two weeks ago before the Italian joined Tottenham because he was seen as a short-term and too contentious option.
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It was another afternoon to forget for United at Old Trafford, which is no longer a fortress.
However, the action may be forced on Solskjaer’s bosses if they decide the former Cardiff manager is no longer able to stop the slide.
On Sunday night, United and sources close to Brendan Rodgers downplayed speculation that the Leicester City manager has already been contacted to replace Solskjaer.
Following the international break, United will face Watford, Chelsea, Arsenal and Crystal Palace in the Premier League after falling nine points behind leaders Chelsea after just 11 games.
They also face Villarreal and Young Boys in the Champions League with qualification from a Group F relatively easy and far from guaranteed.
Doubts are growing within a team of players who seemed so close at a preseason training camp in Scotland last summer, encouraging United’s top figures to mount a strong challenge for the title.
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Fernandes is understood to be among the players who feel like Solskjaer and his backroom team haven’t given them a clear plan, while others express concern that too many young coaches are learning on the job.
After failing so miserably to execute a compelling game against Liverpool, United switched to a more defensive 3-4-1-2 that is not suited to the ambitions of the club or the attacking team it has assembled.
However, Solskjaer’s tactics were easily dismantled by Pep Guardiola, who used his wide-spread players, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus, to pin United wingers. Solskjaer changed to four at halftime, but the game was lost by then.
Ronaldo knew very well when he returned to United that times had changed in the 12 years he had been away, but the Portugal star is said to be surprised by how far the standards have fallen.
Bruno Fernandes is getting tired of the situation and feels that he is not given enough direction
His frustration boiled again when he was booked for a cynical late challenge on Kevin De Bruyne, having escaped a red card against Liverpool when he attacked Curtis Jones.
There is also a sense within the locker room that Solskjaer shows favoritism towards some players and is too soft on the team.
Questions have been raised as to whether United’s work rate would be this low if Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp were in charge.
Harry Maguire continues to be selected despite a catastrophic loss and, according to sources, he started after playing for England at the European Championship. Luke Shaw hasn’t been the same player since the tournament, either.
However, Van de Beek continues to be largely frozen by Solskjaer, who also ignores Jesse Lingard. Sancho’s career is feared to stall just over three months after his arrival from Dortmund for 73 million pounds.
Van de Beek and Sancho entered as substitutes against City, and the warm welcome United fans gave the Dutchman is the closest they have come to turning against Solskjaer.
United players sympathize with Donny van de Beek and feel he should get more games
Van de Beek’s teammates don’t understand why he hasn’t had more chances since moving from Ajax for £ 40m.
United’s other substitute on Saturday was Rashford, but the England forward is understood to have returned from the Champions League draw against Atalanta in Italy with flu symptoms and was sent home from training on Wednesday.
Rashford did not practice on Thursday or Friday, and stayed away from the team hotel before the derby, but was considered a better option than Lingard or Anthony Martial when he was sent in the 67th minute.
The decision puzzled his teammates and a below-average Rashford struggled to offer something as United slid into another punishment loss.