Solskjaer is losing his biggest supporter at Man Utd – it’s now or never for him

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn't stopped smiling since Cristiano Ronaldo blew back into Manchester United like a footballing tornado, hell bent on destroying everyone in his path.

And who can blame him, because Ronaldo remains one of the fittest and finest footballers on the planet, even at the ripe old age of 36. The Portuguese superstar is a freak of nature.

Solskjaer looks like the cat that got the cream, but the pressure on him to make sure it doesn't turn sour is now more immense than it's ever been for him at Old Trafford.

The debate is raging about the reasons behind United's decision to reunite themselves with one of their favourite sons, but the motives are quite simple.

United's owners the Glazers know Ronaldo will sell more than enough replica shirts in the Far East and other parts of the world to compensate for the icon's exorbitant wages.

Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward knows giving supporters who turned against him with such venom in the wake of the doomed European Super League project a legend of Ronaldo's status, could well be the perfect leaving gift before he stands down sometime between now and next April.

And Solskjaer, meanwhile, knows even though Ronaldo is no longer at the peak of his powers, his influence both on and off the pitch could provide him with his best chance of winning his first silverware since taking charge in 2018.

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Those in power at United remained convinced Solskjaer is the manager to lead them back into the promised land – and Woodward is one of his biggest supporters.

But no sport is as fickle as football and what would Solskjaer's standing at United be should Woodward be long gone and he finishes this campaign potless again or, heaven forbid, not in the title race come Christmas?

Ronaldo is a vanity project and short term fix, albeit a damned impressive one.

But along with the signings of Rafael Varane and Jadon Sancho, club bosses have now provided Solskjaer with the strongest squad United have had since Sir Alex Ferguson retired almost a decade ago.

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Those in charge have also provided the Norwegian with no excuses and nowhere to hide should he extend his trophyless run into a fourth season.

Taking credit for finishing second in the Premier League or being a a runner-up in the Europa League is bordering on shameful, considering the standards United set under Fergie.

Thomas Tuchel won the Champions League within six months of replacing Frank Lampard at Chelsea, while Pep Guardiola continues to pile up the trophies for fun across town at the Etihad. Heck, even Mikel Arteta has won one at Arsenal, just don't ask me how!

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If Tuchel or Guardiola were in charge of this United team this season, the fallen giants would be nailed on become top dogs of English football again.

But they're not, Solskjaer is, which explains how United still remain fourth favourites with bookies to win the title.

He remains unproven at the highest level and the coming months will be the defining ones of his managerial career, because winning just an FA Cup or League Cup will not cut the mustard.

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The sentiment, nostalgia and romance surrounding Ronaldo's return is all well and good, but it won't turn them into champions again.

The Glazers might not give a damn as long as the cash tills keep ringing, but nothing will be ringing louder than the alarm bells surrounding Solskjaer's reputation if he cannot deliver the goods now.

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