Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure as Manchester United manager is starting to look increasingly in jeopardy with reports that he may have started to lose the dressing room.
Sunday’s defeat at Newcastle United was just the latest setback in what has become Manchester United’s worst start to the season for more than 30 years, leaving them just two points above the relegation places going into the international break.
The problems are not just with the squad either, but appear to be structural, with one club insider claiming that United were drowning in a “quagmire of mediocrity”.
However, whilst Solskjaer publicly backs his players, behind closed doors it is another matter altogether. After the performance against Arsenal, he told them that none of them would even have made the bench in his day and that their performance was “crap”.
Then he laid into them after the Newcastle defeat, criticising them for not following the tactics that they had worked on in training, and claiming that there were Championship clubs playing better football than them.
Despite this, a number of players appear to have stopped listening to him, and a heavy defeat against their old enemy Liverpool in the next fixture could spell the end for the Norwegian’s reign at Old Trafford.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.