Fergie’s helping hand for Ole: Under-Fire Solskjaer receives endorsement from his Man United mentor on a training camp visit, ‘with Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold supporting him as boss too’
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been supported as he fights to save his job.
- Manchester United manager is under heavy pressure following Liverpool 5-0 defeat
- But legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly endorsed Solskjaer
- Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold are also willing to give the manager more time
- However, the final decision on Solskjaer’s fate rests with co-chair Joel Glazer.
- United face Tottenham in their next Premier League game on Saturday
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, under pressure, “has received the backing of legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Executive Vice President Ed Woodward” as he fights to save his job.
Ferguson visited United’s Carrington training ground on Tuesday as Solskjaer regained the pieces after Sunday’s 5-0 win by bitter rivals Liverpool.
But the final decision about his future at work rests with co-chairman Joel Glazer, the club’s director of American ownership.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under heavy pressure following Sunday’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool, but has received the backing of leading figures.
Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has shown his support for Solskjaer
Ferguson was seen shaking his head at United’s shocking performance against Liverpool
Ferguson believes Solskjaer should have time to change United’s season, starting with Saturday’s visit to Tottenham, according to The Guardian.
They report that Woodward and also Managing Director Arnold intend to give Solskjaer a chance to fix things, but it is Glazer who will make the final decision.
The 48-year-old Solskjaer is approaching three years in the job but is under heavy pressure after taking just one point out of the last 12 available in the Premier League, a losing streak that sees United in seventh place in the board.
Solskjaer also reportedly received the endorsement of United Executive Vice President Ed Woodward (right) and CEO Richard Arnold (left).
The final decision on Solskjaer’s future rests with co-chairman Joel Glazer, who owns United.
Cristiano Ronaldo shows a dejected figure as United are thrashed by bitter rivals on Sunday
Man United fixtures
Premier League unless stated
October 30 Tottenham (A)
November 2 Atalanta (A)
November 6th Manchester City (H)
November 20 Watford (A)
November 23 Villarreal (A)
United players returned to training on Tuesday after being fired on Monday following a humiliating loss to Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Television cameras caught Ferguson sitting in the crowd with the former coach unable to hide his displeasure at the team’s performance.
But reports suggest that Ferguson visited Carrington along with former President Martin Edwards on Tuesday to offer his support for Solskjaer.
Woodward, who could now remain in his executive vice president role until April, and Arnold, who is likely to succeed him, are also keen to give Solskjaer more time.
However, a drastic improvement is required amid a list of test matches that will see United travel to Atalanta in the Champions League next Tuesday before heading to Manchester City the following Sunday.
United’s spectacular two-goal comeback to beat Atalanta 3-2 at Old Trafford last week provided a rare delight for Solskjaer in what has been a losing streak of results, but the scoreboard masks serious deficiencies.
Antonio Conte is open to discussing any vacancies at Old Trafford with the former Chelsea, Juventus, Italy and Inter Milan manager who is currently out of work.
Cristiano Ronaldo raised a rallying cry to his teammates after Liverpool’s shocking defeat, captain Harry Maguire apologized to fans, goalkeeper David de Gea criticized his teammates for an ‘unacceptable performance’ while defender Shaw He insisted that the players are to blame more than their boss.
Senior players have begun to question Solskjaer’s tactics and leadership over concerns that he is too soft on them and doesn’t have enough experience to turn things around.
Mohamed Salah crosses the back of United to complete his hat-trick and make it 5-0
In the wake of Liverpool’s humiliation, sources claim he was as stunned as anyone in the confines of the team’s dressing room at Old Trafford after the full-time whistle.
As exclusively revealed by SportsmailIt is understood that Solskjaer asked his players to bounce back from one of the darkest days the club has endured in recent times.
He warned them to prepare for the days of major criticism that followed the capitulation, but said the only way they would get through it is by sticking together and responding.
“It was made clear to the players that everyone, including the coach, would be mistreated this week,” the source said. “But the message was that the team fights each other or fights together.”