Tuesday, January 25

Solskjaer ceases to be Manchester United manager




The ‘Solskjaer era’ has come to an end. Manchester United announced the dismissal of the Norwegian coach after the win (4-1) suffered in the field of Watford. A result, with innumerable failures in defense, that ended up condemning a ‘Solski’ who survived the defeats against Liverpool (0-5), City (0-2) … but not the latter collapse before a newly promoted.

Seventh in the Premier, 12 points behind leader Chelsea and six points from fourth place, the four defeats in the last five league games (a win in the last seven acts) and the erratic trajectory in the rest of the competitions (they were eliminated in the first exchange of the Carabao Cup by West Ham (0-1) and in Champions they are first of the group … with suffering) they have cost a place to a ‘Solski’ that in summer he renewed until 2024. He will not be able to continue with his work at the Theater of Dreams. He has awakened.

No titles on his return

After returning in December 2018 to the club where he played between 1996 and 2007 winning six Premiers, two FA Cups, two Community Shields, an Intercontinental and a Champions League in which he was the hero with his goal in time added to Bayern, Solskjaer straightened the march of a team that was shipwrecked with Mourinho … but it did not take him to the next level. He has put them the last two seasons in the Champions League (milestone after the departure of ‘Fergie’) but has been very far from the champions of the Premier. In almost three years he did not win any title (the 2021 Europa League final lost to Villarreal on penalties was the closest he came). The drought continues: the ‘red devils’ have not tasted metal since 2017.

The keys to Manchester United’s ‘mega-crisis’

He bet on the young people (Greenwood, Rashford, McTominay …) and was gradually building an expensive squad (140 million euros only this summer in Varane, Cristiano and Sancho and 459 since his arrival, more than any other team) without success. The defensive problems (the ‘ManU’. Is the third team that concedes the most goals in the Premier (21) and has only left its goal to zero twice) and the tactical chaos (the position of Pogba, Greenwood, Cristiano … ) have weighed you down. He has not found the key.

A shredder on the benches

The Norwegian’s march after 168 games confirms the self-destructive tendency of the ‘red devils’. United’s bench has become a shredder since Sir Alex Ferguson’s farewell. The eternal Scottish manager, who left the club in 2013 after 26 years! at the head of the team, he left taking with him the stability of the ‘mancuniana’ house. David Moyes (2013-14), Ryan Giggs (2014), Louis van Gaal (2014-16), Jos Mourinho (2016-18) and now Solskjaer (2018-21) they have been devoured by the demand of a giant with feet of clay. None managed to perpetuate more than three courses.

Now the Glazers are working to sign a new technician. Zinedine Zidane, as reported by MARCA, is one of the candidates. Other names have also emerged such as Erik ten Hag (Ajax), Graham Potter (Brighton) or Brendan Rodgers (Leicester) for whom they will have to ‘pay’. And the former Darren Fletcher, technical director of the ‘ManU’, and Michael Carrick, part of the Norwegian technical staff, they could be ‘interim’ coaches. We’ll see who manages to straighten the team’s course.


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