It is not the news most Manchester United fans wanted.
On Tuesday, the story around Old Trafford is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will continue as manager.
This decision came two days after home fans watched in horror, as Liverpool tore apart their team in a 5-0 demolition.
Beyond the result, the game laid bare Solskjaer’s tactical ineptitude, which in turn made genuine match-winners like Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood look like clueless amateurs.
It is rumoured that most of the senior players in the squad have lost faith in the 48-year-old. Only fair to suspect a few people would have been delighted if the club made an important decision to fire the Norwegian.
Instead, he will take the team to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend and to Atalanta in the Champions League in midweek. It doesn’t get easier for United. After that, it is straight to the Manchester Derby against Pep Guardiola’s army.
It is really incredible that Solskjaer would even be given a chance to take charge of those games.
Obviously, he is still in the job because United’s hierarchy dreads appointing another feisty manager like Jose Mourinho. Antonio Conte was heavily tipped to take over this week, but all that talk has fizzled. Senior officials at the club believe that Conte will come and upset their ‘cultural reset’. Whatever that means.
Even the much-maligned Mourinho and Louis van Gaal won trophies before they were fired. In December this year, Solskjaer will mark three years at the club and has not won any silverware. All because he is a United legend. Because he stuck out a foot in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, to prod the ball past Oliver Kahn and seal the Treble.
The malaise can only go on for so long.
As other teams return to the Carabao Cup this midweek, Solskjaer will be sitting in his house watching on TV, as they are out of it. Of course, they will not finish above City, Chelsea and Liverpool to win the title. The Champions League is a stretch.
Conte would have arrived and shaken up the whole place. But instead, the sweet-smiling Solskjaer will continue as manager. Just because.
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