Man Utd: Solskjaer assesses Champions League exit
Manchester United’s hierarchy are delighted with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s win record at the club, reports say. The Norwegian recently saw his side dumped out of the Champions League by RB Leipzig, with Angelino, Amador Haidara and Justin Kluivert all on target. But he retains the support of their hierarchy ahead of their showdown with Manchester City on Saturday.
United were dumped out of the Champions League on Tuesday night, with the result meaning they’ll have to compete in the Europa League in 2021 instead.
Solskjaer’s position has been questioned in the aftermath of that result, particularly with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino still available.
Pochettino has long been admired at Old Trafford but, according to the Guardian, United have no plans to get rid of Solskjaer at the current moment in time.
The board are delighted with the Norweigan’s win record at the club, which currently stands at 56 per cent.
That’s second to only Jose Mourinho, who managed a win percentage of 58 per cent from 144 matches during his time at the club.
David Moyes’ own record stood at 53 per cent when he was sacked in April 2014.
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And Moyes’ successor, Louis van Gaal, won 54 of his 103 matches in charge at a rate of 52 per cent.
United’s board are said to be conscious of how Solskjaer’s record compares with managers at Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Solskjaer’s record is inferior to the 61 per cent of Jurgen Klopp at Anfield and 72 per cent of City’s Pep Guardiola.
But the current United manager boasts a better win percentage than Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta Mikel Arteta (55 per cent), Chelsea’s Frank Lampard (54 per cent) and Tottenham’s Mourinho (53 per cent).
While the club are behind Solskjaer, however, they’ll continue to monitor results.
But with United sitting just five points adrift of the Premier League summit, despite their erratic performances, he’s not going anywhere just yet.
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Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Perry Groves thinks the Red Devils should get rid of Solskjaer because he’s ‘out of his depth at this level’.
“Are Manchester United an elite football club? Are they playing in an elite competition? Have they got an elite manager? That’s how simple football is,” he told talkSPORT.
“I’ve been saying it since the beginning of the season; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is out of his depth at this level.
“He’s got a good record in five away games they’ve gone behind in the Premier League, they’ve come back and won all five.
“The simple reason being is they’ve started off badly, he’s made substitutions, they have better players coming off the bench than teams they’re playing. So it gives you impetus.
“You’re chasing the game, you have nothing to lose. I’d love to know what his ex-teammates [are saying].
“They’re sticking up for him saying ‘give him time, he knows what he’s doing’. I’d love to know what they’re saying now because they should know their football.
“Although he’s their friend, he is out of his depth at this elite level.
“He’s out of his depth tactically and he hasn’t got that aura about him for a club of Manchester United’s stature.
“So it’ll be interesting to see what the callers think because I said it right at the start, they shouldn’t have given him the job because he’s an ambassadorial sort of character.
“Everybody loves him. Now, the decision is do you sack him before the Manchester derby at the weekend? I would, but they won’t.”
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