Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the new favourite Premier League manager to be sacked next after Manchester United’s embarrassing loss to Burnley on Wednesday night.
United were humbled 2-0 at home to the Clarets to leave them six points behind fourth place and United’s fan base are split on the future of the Norwegian.
Although many fans left Old Trafford early last night, a defiant section of the United’s stayed behind to chant Solskjaer’s name, but the former United striker is under increasing pressure.
Martin Keown claimed the 46-year-old will be sacked before too long: “I don’t think he’s going to last beyond the end of the season. I know people are saying he needs more time but this is Manchester United, it’s a massive football club.”
And the bookies have dramatically cut the odds on Solskjaer being the next manager to be sacked in the Premier League.
He has overtaken Eddie Howe as the favourite to be dismissed, andnow odds on to go next after goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez stunned Old Trafford.
There has been no official word from United, but Sky Sports claim “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has retained the support of the Manchester United board”.
It’s hardly ground-breaking stuff with the status quo remaining the same, but what is for sure is that the pressure is being cranked up on the former Molde man.
BREAKING: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has retained the support of the Manchester United board despite last night's loss to Burnley at Old Trafford.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 23, 2020
Solskjaer addressed United’s soft under belly at set-pieces after Burnley’s opener at Old Trafford.
“That’s disappointing, definitely,” said Solskjaer.
“And it needs fixing and that’s on the pitch, on the training ground. It has to be done and football nowadays, 30 or 40 per cent is probably set-plays, a few counter-attacks, maybe 30 per cent and open, like longer attacks, 30 per cent.
“So it’s not that uncommon that you concede but it is disappointing. Especially against Burnley. We know that’s one of their strengths; it’s going to go back stick, it’s going to be headed in and we didn’t defend that well enough and we know that.
“The first challenge should have been dealt with, the second one should have been dealt with as well. The second goal [by Jay Rodriguez] is a wonder strike, you’ve got to say that to the kid, that’s a wonder goal.”