Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains defiant, but player reaction, fan exodus, comments from Gary Neville and Antonio Conte’s ties mean Manchester United boss under pressure may have ‘come to the end’

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains defiant, but player reaction, fan exodus, comments from Gary Neville and Antonio Conte’s ties mean Manchester United boss under pressure may have ‘come to the end’


Unlike his players, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer showed his fighting spirit at Old Trafford on Sunday as Manchester United received a football lesson from Liverpool.

The Red Devils were sad from start to finish as they were humiliated on their own patch by the Reds’ Jurgen Klopp, losing 5-0.

Liverpool had way too much for lackluster Man United
The Reds were, however, helped tremendously by Man United’s poor play

This is football, a disastrous result like this will put Solskjaer under enormous pressure as his credentials have been called into question by many on previous occasions.

Indeed, bookmaker Coral has Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as a 2/1 favorite to succeed Solskjaer following the result.

But the Norwegian’s provocative post-match interview shows he is not ready to give his critics the satisfaction of walking away from the job.

He’s already had dark days as a Man United manager, including a 6-1 home loss to Tottenham last season.

Solskjaer has been Man United boss for almost three years
Conte is available, having left Inter Milan this summer

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Conte is available, having left Inter Milan this summer

However, this loss has a different feel.

There were no fans at Old Trafford to witness this loss last season. There was no hiding place this time.

That said, there were quite a few empty seats when Anthony Taylor whistled full-time as some of the Man United loyalists left at halftime, when Mohamed Salah scored his hat-trick in the 50th minute or when Paul Pogba was kicked out on time.

Some fans took it upon themselves to leave very early.  Empty seats in front of the watching world is never beautiful
Some fans took it upon themselves to leave very early. Empty seats in front of the watching world is never beautiful

Jesse Lingard, who didn’t even play in the game, was caught up in a disagreement with a disgruntled Manchester United fan on the sideline, while captain Harry Maguire made it clear in the middle of an interview with post-game how reluctant he was to talk to the media.

Micky Gray said on talkSPORT at the end of the game: “It’s back to the drawing board for Manchester United after this. I don’t know where they are going, which direction they are going, but Man United fans will not take it every week.

“It’s a loyal group, isn’t it?” They stick to themselves, Solskjaer said they are Manchester United people, but if that doesn’t bring you success it may not have to be a Manchester United person.

“I just think it’s come to the end now.

Are Solskjaer's days at Man United numbered?
Are Solskjaer’s days at Man United numbered?

“You can have all the abilities in the world… but the players stopped today. There was nothing left after 50 minutes, Liverpool took the fight away from them and were absolutely first class.

“I have been to this stadium a lot over the past decade. I don’t think it was that bad, that empty.

On principle, Gary Neville never calls a manager to get the chop, but his comments about his former club and teammate after the beating were very revealing.

Neville told Sky Sports: “It’s a monstrous day for Manchester United who lost 5-0 at home to Liverpool.

Neville has been criticized by Jamie Carragher for supporting his former teammate too much.  Neville had no defense for Solskjaer here
Neville has been criticized by Jamie Carragher for supporting his former teammate too much. Neville had no defense for Solskjaer here

“The board unequivocally supports the manager, but this is going to put enormous pressure on the board.

“The fans are not going to accept this… they are always exceptional but Manchester United fans know when it is not acceptable and when it is not acceptable.

“Something has to change in this locker room and with this coach very quickly. They can’t keep losing games like this.

Staying strong in times of crisis like Solskjaer’s is admirable, but the decision to lead Man United in the future may be out of his hands now.

Ole is behind the wheel but it doesn't do Man United fans good

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Ole is behind the wheel but it doesn’t do Man United fans good

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