Has Manchester Utd Manager, Solskjaer, Lost It After Four Losses In Five Games?
After losing four matches in the last five games, is it conclusively right to say that the merry period for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager has gone? The Red Devils succumbed to 1-0 defeat to Barcelona at Old Trafford in Wednesday’s Uefa Champions League round of eight. The Norwegian began life as United interim boss in terrific fashion but has stalled slightly
According to a report in Daily Mail, 22-year old British star, Scott McTominay, enjoyed a breakthrough performance on Wednesday, while Brazilian Fred proved to be the midfielder United hoped they didn’t signed, and Chris Smalling handled Messi as well as any defender could, leaving his mark for all to see.
But the broader picture is that United have now lost four of their last five games and the realities of life as manager are beginning to grip Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
His sunshine soundbites were the perfect antidote to Jose Mourinho’s gloom but now the task shifts, requiring an approach of greater nuance and permanence.
A bottoming-out of results after 14 wins in Solskjaer’s first 17 matches was inevitable, and some of the luck United experienced in that sequence has gone the other way in recent weeks. But issues that were prevalent under Mourinho have also re-emerged.
Two losses to Wolves, one to Arsenal, and now this against Barca have sent United out of the FA Cup, behind in pursuit of the top four, and in need of an historic result in the Nou Camp to stay alive in the Champions League.
Getting as far as this was off any agenda when Mourinho was casting a cloud over Carrington but after the wave of euphoria that built during Solskjaer’s opening months, peaking in Paris, it would be a comedown indeed for all three objectives to slip to nothing on the season’s shore.
It is obvious that the result at Nou Camp, as analysts have agreed, will tilt towards Barca achieving a double over United and that could pile more pressure on the young coach to make sure that all odds were braced to make the top four with one of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs and Chelsea not making it at last.