Ole Gunnar Had His Tactics Questioned, His Authority Undermined By His Own Stars
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had teetered on the precipice before, but this time Manchester United took one step too far, and he is now gone.
A slew of forces would gather in the weeks leading up to the game to pull him back from the brink, whether it was his own players, former teammates turned analysts, or the club’s hierarchy. This time, however, he was alone.
After the Norwegian’s 4-1 humiliation at the hands of Watford on Saturday, the club’s administration decided enough is enough after post-match crisis discussions – and a night to think about it.
Of course, it was not this outcome in isolation that prompted the Glazers, Manchester United’s owners, to meet with chief executive officer Ed Woodward about the manager’s immediate future.
Since taking over as interim manager in December 2018, following the conclusion of Jose Mourinho’s ill-fated tenure at Old Trafford, criticism has been leveled at Solskjaer’s United team.
The presence of the Portuguese leader had quenched the feel-good element, but eye-catching results and wave after wave of nostalgia had re-ignited it. The foundations, on the other hand, were weak.
Source: Daily Mail