No matter if you’re following the Premier League standings on TV or in a football betting app, one thing is clear: Manchester United is not doing well. Out of their nine matches played so far, the Red Devils have only won four - only one of their last five - and only the goal difference keeps them ahead of clubs like Leicester or Arsenal. To make things worse, United was humiliated at home by rivals Liverpool last weekend - the Reds beat them 5-0, with the only goal scored by the home team scrapped by the officials due to an offside.
As you might expect, this situation doesn’t make United fans happy, with most of them blaming manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær for the situation. Apparently, the team’s owners agree. While nothing has been officially announced yet, it is an open secret that if Solskjær doesn’t turn the team around soon (according to some, as early as the team’s upcoming match against Tottenham), he may have to look for another job.
Manchester United completed one of the most spectacular signings in this summer transfer season - they managed to lure Cristiano Ronaldo over (or better said, back) from Juventus - and the third most expensive one - they brought in 21-year-old wonderboy Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £73 million. Plus, they also signed Raphael Varane, one of the best defenders of his generation, from Real Madrid.
These talented players were added to an already strong team with Harry Maguire, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, and many others. Based on these names alone, many expected the Red Devils to be unstoppable this season.
They aren’t - and most people blame manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær for it. During the months that have passed, Solskjær was repeatedly criticized for his inconsistent tactics, for the lack of coordination between the players, and often for his lineup choices - Ronaldo himself has repeatedly criticized him for keeping him on the bench for important matches.
The results speak for themselves. Manchester United dropped out of the Carabao Cup, only won four of its nine Premier League matches so far, and took a historic beating in the North-West Derby.
Solskjær still has a chance to redeem himself - he was reportedly given time until the Red Devils’ match against Tottenham this weekend. If he doesn’t succeed, his days at Old Trafford may be numbered. And, although he is very much still the manager of Manchester United, the press is already speculating on who may replace him.
According to various news outlets, there are currently two possible contenders: Italian coach Antonio Conte who has recently left Juventus (and who already told Gazzetta dello Sport how he would reform United if he got the job), and Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino, currently working for Paris Saint Germain. The latter is said to be favored by Sir Alex Ferguson himself.