Manchester United give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a stay of execution but board will still review position

Solskjaer stays… FOR NOW: Manchester United boss given more time to turn things around after 5-0 Liverpool mauling – but he fears for his long-term future with board set to review his position in December

  • Manchester United will keep Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the club – for now 
  • The Norwegian oversaw an ’embarrassing’ 5-0 home loss by Liverpool last week 
  • The United board planned to review him in December and that is still the same
  • Sir Alex Ferguson paid a visit to Manchester United training on Tuesday 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set for a stay of execution as Manchester United manager but is still fearing for his long-term future at the club.

Solskjaer took training at Carrington on Tuesday for the first time since United’s 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool, a display labelled ‘embarrassing’ by senior players.

The Norwegian is preparing the team for Saturday’s trip to Tottenham amid a backdrop of intense scrutiny and some members of his squad questioning whether the slide can be halted under his  management. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will stay as Manchester United boss but his long-term future is in doubt

Solskjaer's position nearly became perilous after a 5-0 home loss by arch-rivals Liverpool

Solskjaer’s position nearly became perilous after a 5-0 home loss by arch-rivals Liverpool

Sportsmail understands that United — who gave Solskjaer a new three-year contract over the summer — were planning to review the 48-year-old’s position in December.

The galling surrender at Old Trafford last weekend has, however, accelerated that process. Board-level talks between co-chairman Joel Glazer, Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold took place on Monday.

United had not been prepared for such a dire run of results, with Solskjaer’s side losing five of their last nine games.

The club’s board has so far resisted the calls for change, with the Norwegian expected to remain in charge at Spurs. Sir Alex Ferguson and former chairman Martin Edwards visited Carrington on Tuesday afternoon, with United insisting the pair were attending a pre-planned commitment.

United were planning on reviewing Solskjaer’s position in December and that has not changed

Ferguson has been a champion of his former striker and there has always been reticence to change at the top when United have fallen on troubling spells of form in previous campaigns.

Yet Solskjaer now faces three huge games — Tottenham, a Champions League clash at Atalanta and then the derby against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City — that look likely to determine his prospects.

Solskjaer is currently in the middle of a rare full week on the training ground in an attempt to arrest the slump in form.

Solskjaer's United play Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City in their next three games

Solskjaer’s United play Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City in their next three games

Some players have privately raised concern over the tempo of sessions and believe they are being consistently outsmarted tactically by opponents.

Glazer, based in Florida, has been watching developments with interest but senior United sources were adamant last night that no approaches for potential successors had been made after Antonio Conte, the former Chelsea boss, expressed an interest in a move.

Although formerly of Liverpool, Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers has admirers at United — along with Ajax’s Erik ten Hag.