Why Manchester United haven’t sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer yet
The MEN’s chief United writer Samuel Luckhurst hosted a live Q&A session on Thursday afternoon, where he answered fans’ questions on all the burning managerial topics, as well as players’ performances so far this season and more.
SL: It is very much of a matter of when. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s sacked next week, next month or next year. That’s the strange dynamic now.
Watford is meaningful and also meaningless. A win could ensure a manager stays in his job but it would not change anything. United would still need a new manager. And that is the case going into every game, whether it is Watford, Villarreal or Chelsea, for however long Solskjaer is in charge.Information Guide Nigeria
Q: When do you think Ole will get the sack? And your prediction for the next manager, I know there are lots of candidates but your prediction, I Don’t personally think that Ole will last till the end of the season
SL: Speculating when Solskjaer will go is pretty pointless with this board. It is risible they have not sacked him already but it is in keeping with their running of the club. What other football club has to repeatedly stress that football is the priority. It’s shambolic.
Personal prediction: Rodgers (but I hate predictions).
Q: Do you think MUFC board had held talks with Zidane?
SL: On Zidane, some United fans need to read the room: he is available, they have decided a change of manager is needed, yet they have not sacked Solskjaer and hired Zidane, a coach who is available.
Zidane has been found out a bit by going back to Madrid even though he won the league last year. Clearly, there are reservations about him taking over at United and that is fully understandable given how unique the situation was at Madrid. He inherited a world-class squad at Madrid, was embedded at the club from his playing days, knew the players, and his man-management was welcomed after the antagonism of Benitez’s reign. It was still some going to win three European Cups on the trot but any coach should be succeeding with a squad of serial winners. And when the chips were down, Ronaldo or Bale would execute an overhead kick.
Parachute Zidane into a winter fixture schedule in a country he has not played or managed in, where he would be in charge of a dressing room of underachievers struggling to get into the top four and I suspect he would not be as good a coach as the three Champions Leagues suggest.
Zidane is an attractive choice for a certain demographic of the fanbase. He’s managed Ronaldo and Varane, he was Pogba’s boyhood idol and he admires Martial. United indulge Pogba repeatedly, so why not again? They have to kowtow to Ronaldo, too, and he got on famously with Zidane.
But ultimately, the noise around Zidane is not coming from any Manchester correspondents. He has been out of work for six months and there are no obvious vacancies. He needs to be ‘present’ in case he gets forgotten about.
PS. my story yesterday was centred on interest in Rodgers. Ten Hag and Enrique are admired.JAMB Result
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Q: in your opinion will Ole see the season out or will he be gone for Christmas hoping to have the decency to resign
SL: It will probably get so bad he goes at some point before the end of the season. There’s just no coming back from this. United were supposed to be title challengers this year and the challenge is effectively over before it has even started. For that alone, he has to go.
The December schedule looks quite kind: Arsenal, Palace, and Young Boys at home, Norwich away, Brentford away, Brighton at home, Newcastle away and Burnley at home. Remarkably, United have a nine-day gap between the Brighton and Newcastle games. Another ideal time to change manager if results haven’t picked up
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