Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is battling his job with Manchester United sources offering only lukewarm support after Glazers held crisis talks with Ed Woodward on Monday, as Antonio Conte emerges as a leading candidate to replace him.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces the real possibility of being fired from his post
- Crisis talks have been held with the Man United board of directors and the Glazer family.
- Sources only offered lukewarm support for Solskjaer after Liverpool’s defeat
- The main candidate to take over is former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting to save his position as Manchester United manager while speculation about his future at Old Trafford.
It is understood that Solskjaer fears his time in charge may come to an end after nearly three years with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, considered the leading candidate to replace him.
Following a day of deafening silence at United, sources emerged to offer lukewarm support for Solskjaer on Monday night, more than 24 hours after the humiliating 5-0 loss to Liverpool.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting to save his position as Manchester United manager this week
Previously, Presidents Joel and Avram Glazer held crisis talks with Executive Vice President Ed Woodward and Managing Director Richard Arnold as the shock of losing so pathetically to their bitter rivals continued to reverberate throughout the club.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer spent two and a half hours at the training ground at lunchtime after giving his team and coaching staff the day off.
Senior players are now questioning Solskjaer’s tactics and leadership over concerns that he lacks the experience to get out of trouble and is too soft on them.
This is not the first time the 48-year-old has faced an uncertain future since returning to the club in December 2018. While United had already offered unequivocal backing to Solskjaer, Monday night’s message was less emphatic. .
Presidents Joel (right) and Avram (left) Glazer held crisis talks with club executive vice president Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold on Monday.
Woodward will leave at the end of the season, but now he has some big decisions to make.
Sources stressed the need to come together and get over Sunday’s embarrassment, adding that there is nothing to say that Solskjaer will not be in charge when United visit Tottenham on Saturday.
Conte has expressed interest that the position has been out of work since leaving Inter Milan in May, although his group maintains that they will not open talks with United until Solskjaer’s situation has been resolved.
Naming the 52-year-old Italian would represent a major U-turn for United after bringing Solskjaer back to Old Trafford to replace José Mourinho and oversee a cultural shift more in keeping with the club’s traditions.
Conte abrasive would not naturally fit into that culture or the more harmonious atmosphere fostered by Solskjaer. Like Mourinho, he tends to work in short cycles and will most likely want to bring his own staff.
Solskjaer was humiliated by Jurgen Klopp’s swashbuckling Liverpool team at Old Trafford
If Solskjaer survives this crisis, he knows that change will have to be quick and effective after a five-game losing streak in nine games. It will be necessary to make bold decisions about the great players and United will have to resort to being a more compact counterattack team.
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.”
Conte expressed interest in the job being out of work since leaving Inter Milan in May.
However, having asked their players to implement a pressure style against Jurgen Klopp’s side, several players believed that the team was not prepared to play that way because they had not particularly focused on tactics in training in the days before the game. .
Meanwhile, David De Gea made a brutal assessment of United’s form when he joined some of his teammates and apologized to supporters.
“It’s hard to describe how I feel right now,” De Gea said.
‘It hurt. It is not good enough. We keep conceding shitty goals like we’ve been doing all season. We play like children and I have to apologize to the fans. ”