Pressure mounts on OGS

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks on as Tahith Chong, Odion Ighalo and Scott McTominay wait to be substituted on Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faced intense criticism and speculation over his future after his team’s humiliating 5-0 defeat at home by Liverpool in the Premier League yesterday.

United’s worst ever defeat at home to their arch-rivals killed in 90 minutes the short-lived hype that surrounded Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the club and the hopes of a title challenge that it raised.

But it also brought into the spotlight the Norwegian’s management and coaching of the team as he approaches three years in charge of the side.

While United were booed off the field at halftime, as they trailed 4-0 at the break for the first time in the Premier League era, there were no chants for Solskjaer to be fired.

Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher, a lead analyst on Sky Sports, said that Solskjaer could not compare to his old club’s manager Juergen Klopp, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola or Chelsea’s German boss Thomas Tuchel.

“I think Ole has done a good job but to take on Klopp, Tuchel and Pep, Manchester United need a better manager,” he said.

United have earned just one point out of the last 12 available and are already eight points behind leaders Chelsea after just nine games of the campaign.

Since the golden era of Alex Ferguson’s reign, in which United won 13 Premier League titles, ended in 2013, the club have not come close to winning the league and David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho struggled to get the team back to the top.

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