Manchester United’s form over the past month has been so bad that even Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will know it will be time for him to leave if results do not pick up immediately.
Solskjaer is under more scrutiny than ever before in the Man Utd hotseat. A 5-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool has marked a low point in his reign. It came after a hefty loss to Leicester the previous weekend, too. As such, a failure to win in five Premier League games now means United are eight points off leaders Chelsea.
Questions are now being asked of Solskjaer both from within and outside the club. United officials have long pledged their faith in him, but the Liverpool result is believed to have softened their stance.
And with a tricky run of fixtures is coming up, it has led to claims that he may only have three games to save his job.
With that in mind, a report on Wednesday revealed exactly how they would have to pay to dispose of Solskjaer’s services.
Whether he out-lasts this current bleak run and turns it around remains to be seen. However, he can at least seemingly count on the support of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Next up for United is a trip to face Tottenham. The clash on Saturday evening could have serious implications on Solskjaer’s future.
As a result, Jamie Redknapp reckons that Solskjaer himself will know his job will be untenable if results don’t improve.
I can’t imagine Solskjaer is going in there pointing his finger telling players what they’ve got to do,” he said on the Essential Football Podcast.
“Everything just seems too nice. Players are getting away with things and that’s a recipe for disaster in football.
“They’ve bought themselves a bit of time but if they lose against Tottenham and then lose a couple more games, I’m sorry, but he can’t stay.
“It’s difficult because it’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, of course he’s a well-respected figure at the club. I said two years ago, it’s going to be like shooting Bambi.
“But you have to sometimes look at what’s best for the team. Even he will look at it and go, ‘I can’t keep my job under these circumstances’.
“The club have spent an enormous amount of money since he’s been there, they’ve brought in great players and now they still look miles off.”
United players must ease Solskjaer sack pressure
Although the buck ultimately stops with the manager, Redknapp reckons United need to remember how to play as a team.
Indeed, he reckons they are playing too much as individuals and need to roll up their sleeves and play as a collective.
“The players are playing too individually, not collectively, and I do think that comes down a lot to the manager,” he said.
“It’s a situation right now at Man Utd where players look like they’re not taking information on board, and it certainly isn’t working.
“I know there’s talk about giving Ole more time but I don’t know how you can say, ‘we’re going to give a manager until the end of the season’ when right now you can see everything is unravelling.
“I’ve been in dressing rooms before when things aren’t working for the manager and that’s what it looks like to me.
“It looks like that dressing room, in the kindest way, it feels like it would be a bit of a holiday camp.”