It wasn’t a very good week for Manchester United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In fact, it wasn’t even mediocre. It started with a 3-3 draw against Sheffield United in which the Red Devils made a comeback to score three second-half goals only to concede a 90th-minute strike. An embarrassing loss in Kazakhstan to Astana in the Europa League followed and regardless of the manager deploying a bunch of kids with some washed-up Manchester United players, it was a defeat that shouldn’t have occurred. Manchester United are gearing up for a big holiday season and supporters can use the new bet365 bonus code to wager on the team’s matches and predict the side they believe will win.
Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Old Trafford to Aston Villa again showed Solskjaer doesn’t have what it takes to lead United to victory in a game that they should win. The Villains were 15th in the league heading into the weekend and in danger of being sucked into the bottom three. United rolled over for them allowing a goal with 24 minutes remaining as Aston Villa left with a draw.
Manchester United are ninth on 18 points which has them eight back from the Champions League places. Based on form and Solskjaer’s inability to win matches on the road, the Red Devils do not look likely of making the top four.
While Old Trafford has been friendly for Manchester United, they have collected 12 of 21 points, the road has not been kind. Solskjaer’s team has taken just six points from 21 possible away from Old Trafford posting a miserable 1W-3D-3L record.
Solskjaer’s job security is proof that the Red Devils do not have anyone in mind to hire. Unless things get worse, and it is likely to occur, Solskjaer will stay in the job longer. This week may be the breaking point for the club, however.
Manchester United will welcome former manager Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford in midweek before heading across town to play a suddenly inconsistent Manchester City.
It could be a make or break week but, then again, Manchester United have shown that if Solskjaer toes the company line, he will keep his job. Mourinho was not one to sit back and accept losing at Old Trafford. Solskjaer seems happy for the results to be poor as long as he stays in the job.
Manchester United have long been set on appointing former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager. However, a clause in Pochettino’s contract involving compensation from Spurs could keep him from joining the Old Trafford outfit in midseason. If Manchester United want Pochettino, they may have to wait until next summer to appoint him.
The Red Devils have their hearts set on Pochettino taking over the club and it is likely no matter how bad things get, that Solskjaer will see out the rest of the season. With six points separating Manchester United and the bottom three, the club may need to act sooner rather than later.