Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position as Manchester United boss looks as precarious as ever given the poor set of results his side have produced. But according to the Daily Star, United chiefs have given their full backing to the under-fire boss.
Solskjaer’s men have won just two of their last seven fixtures, including losses at home to Aston Villa and West Ham, alongside away defeats to Young Boys and Leicester City.
Even the two wins were far from convincing. Their enthralling win against West Ham in the league – just three days before the Hammers booted them out of the League Cup – was won by an 88th-minute Jesse Lingard strike and a 94th-minute David de Gea penalty save.
And with the 2-1 win over Villarreal coming in the 94th minute – alongside their draw against Everton needing VAR to bail them out in the dying embers – there is cause for concern among United fans.
Even more so when you note that in United’s nine upcoming fixtures, they face Liverpool, Tottenham, Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea along with two European fixtures against Atalanta.
Time is running out for Solskjaer to make his mark at United, and the Red Devils should have picked up more points in what was considered their easiest spell of fixtures prior to Christmas.
But according to the Daily Star, senior figures on the United board have made it clear that the club ‘still has complete faith in him moving forward’.
In fact, the report goes on to say that even if United don’t pick up the required results in the coming weeks, Solskjaer will not be axed.
United are now sixth in the table after their run of poor form.
But after backing Solskjaer in the summer with a three-year contract alongside the £140million investment on Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, there is no reason for United chiefs to fret just yet.
Paul Pogba hit out in the press following the 4-2 defeat to Leicester on Saturday.
The French midfielder is yet to win the league in his time at Old Trafford, and that will likely continue another year if things don’t change, according to the Frenchman.
“We have been having these kind of games for a long time and haven’t found the problem,” Pogba told Sky Sports.
“We have conceded easy and stupid goals. If we want to win the title, these are the games we need to win, even if they are very hard.
“We know that the fans were going to push and put pressure on us and we need to be more mature, play with more experience and arrogance – in a good way – by taking the ball and playing our football.
“We need to find the key for this change because we deserved to lose. I don’t know if it is the mindset of the players.
“We need to change something. We need to find the mentality and tactics to win. We have to look as individuals and as a team to fix this.”