Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reviews Manchester City defeat
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Gary Neville has provided his own theory as to why Manchester United are still holding off sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite their woeful recent form. The Red Devils slumped to another disappointing defeat on Saturday as they were thoroughly outclassed by their bitter rivals Manchester City in a 2-0 loss at Old Trafford.
An own goal by Eric Bailly and a strike by City midfielder Bernardo Silva was enough to do the damage, but the scoreline was not a fair reflection of the game, which City completely dominated.
The result brings with it further questions about Solskjaer’s future, with United having now won just two of their last seven matches in all competitions.
United have been hugely patient with Solskjaer up until now, but it is clear that they are slipping further and further behind the elite clubs in England, with the team now nine points behind league leaders Chelsea.
The man who would be tasked with sacking Solskjaer should it come to it is outgoing executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
And Neville took to Twitter on Sunday morning to state his opinion that the divisory 49-year-old would not want to wield the axe just before leaving the club.
“The situation at United is made more complicated with Ed W leaving in weeks,” Neville wrote. “He gave OGS a 3 year contract months ago and he won’t want his final act to be sacking a manager.
“However he knows an incoming CEO could throw him overboard by doing just that and blaming him!”
United now have the international break to reflect on what they will do with Solskjaer, with their next game not until November 20 when they take on Watford.
Speaking on Sky Sports after Saturday’s clash, Neville appeared to admit for the first time that Solskjaer’s position is almost becoming untenable.
“I don’t think there’s any chance they’ll make a decision during this season unless it gets so bad, but it’s getting to that stage where it’s so bad,” Neville said.
“Ole is under massive pressure and they have no courage. I know the Liverpool game stands out because it was 5-0 but that was 5-0 in everything but the scoreline.
“(Today) they looked frightened to death in and out of possession as if they were crumpled into a little ball waiting to get beat.
“You can get beat no doubt, but they are flaky when it comes to big games.
“They got destroyed today make no mistake about it, that was mauling. I think because of the 5-3-2 that semi-worked, my worry is top teams can switch it from side to side.
“The individual errors are a massive problem and they’re not showing courage when they are on the ball. It was a really poor performance.”
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