Fergie’s helping hand for Ole: Under-fire Solskjaer gets the backing of his Man United mentor on a visit to the training ground – ‘with Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold supporting him staying as boss too’
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received support as he battles to save his job
- Manchester United manager is under serious pressure after 5-0 Liverpool loss
- But legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly given Solskjaer his backing
- Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold are also minded to give manager more time
- However, final decision on Solskjaer’s fate rests with co-chairman Joel Glazer
- United take on Tottenham in their next Premier League game on Saturday
Under-pressure Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘has received the backing of legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’ as he battles to save his job.
Ferguson visited United’s Carrington training ground on Tuesday as Solskjaer picks up the pieces following Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing by bitter rivals Liverpool.
But the final decision on his future in the job rests with co-chairman Joel Glazer, head of the club’s American ownership.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under serious pressure following Sunday’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool – but has received the backing of important figures
Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly shown his support for Solskjaer
Ferguson was seen shaking his head at United’s shocking performance against Liverpool
Ferguson believes Solskjaer should be given time to turn United’s season around, starting with this Saturday’s visit to Tottenham, according to The Guardian.
They report that Woodward and also managing director Arnold are minded to give Solskjaer a chance to put things right but it is Glazer who will make the ultimate call.
Solskjaer, 48, is approaching three years in the job but is under serious pressure after taking just one point from the last 12 available in the Premier League, a poor run that sees United sit seventh in the table.
Solskjaer has also reportedly received the backing of United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward (right) and managing director Richard Arnold (left)
The ultimate decision over Solskjaer’s future falls to co-chairman Joel Glazer, who owns United
Cristiano Ronaldo cuts a dejected figure as United are thrashed by their bitter rivals on Sunday
Man United fixtures
Premier League unless stated
October 30 Tottenham (A)
November 2 Atalanta (A)
November 6 Manchester City (H)
November 20 Watford (A)
November 23 Villarreal (A)
United’s players returned to training on Tuesday having been given Monday off in the aftermath of the humiliating loss to Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Television cameras picked out Ferguson sat in the crowd with the former manager unable to hide his dissatisfaction at the team’s performance.
But reports suggest that Ferguson visited Carrington along with former chairman Martin Edwards on Tuesday to offer their support for Solskjaer.
Woodward, who could now stay in his executive vice-chairman post until April, and Arnold, likely to succeed him, are also reportedly willing to give Solskjaer more time.
Drastic improvement is required, however, amid a testing fixture list that will see United travel to Atalanta in the Champions League next Tuesday before heading to Manchester City the following Sunday.
United’s dramatic comeback from two goals down to beat Atalanta 3-2 at Old Trafford last week offered rare delight for Solskjaer in what has been a poor run of results but the scoreline masked serious shortcomings.
Antonio Conte is open to discussing any vacancy at Old Trafford with the former Chelsea, Juventus, Italy and Inter Milan manager currently not in a job.
Cristiano Ronaldo issued a rallying cry to his team-mates in the aftermath of the shocking Liverpool loss, captain Harry Maguire apologised to the fans, goalkeeper David de Gea slammed his team-mates for an ‘unacceptable performance’ while defender Shaw insisted the players are to blame rather than their boss.
Senior players have begun questioning Solskjaer’s tactics and leadership over concerns that he is too soft on them and does not have enough experience to turn things around.
Mohamed Salah pierces the United back line to complete his hat-trick and make it 5-0
In the aftermath of the Liverpool humiliation, sources claim that he was just as stunned as anyone in the confines of the team’s Old Trafford dressing-room after the full-time whistle.
As exclusively revealed by Sportsmail, Solskjaer is understood to have called on his players to fight their way back from one of the darkest days the club has suffered in recent memory.
He warned them to prepare for days of major criticism following the capitulation, but said the only way they would come through it is by sticking together and responding.
‘It was made clear to the players that they all, including the manager, would get battered this week,’ said the source. ‘But the message was that the team either fights each other or fight back together.’