The pressure is building on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a disappointing start to the season.
The Norwegian coach, who was appointed United’s permanent boss in March following an extraordinary spell as the club’s caretaker manager, appears to have the support of those above him at Old Trafford for the time being.
But results - and performances - must improve quickly. United have taken just eight points from their opening six Premier League fixtures and currently sit eighth in the table, 10 points behind leaders Liverpool.
Solskjaer’s predecessor, Jose Mourinho, said last weekend that United will be in a battle for fourth to sixth place this season.
Securing a top-four finish would have been the primary aim this term after finishing sixth last season, but we’ve seen enough during the opening weeks of the current campaign to suggest achieving that objective will be far from straightforward.
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United slumped to their second league defeat of the season away at West Ham on Sunday afternoon.
And The Sun have published some worrying details which suggest Solskjaer might be losing the dressing room.
The 46-year-old told his players they were ‘embarrassing’ him after the 2-0 loss at the London Stadium.
It’s understood that he also ‘tore into them’ at half-time, telling the players their performance bored him.
The Sun’s report adds that Solskjaer, in private, has been ‘constantly losing his temper as his reign unravels’.
It’s also said that morale among the players is ‘extremely low’ right now, with the mood ‘having changed dramatically from pre-season’ when Solskjaer lifted the squad following a poor end to the 2018-19 campaign.
Indeed, United were very impressive in pre-season, winning all six of their fixtures and beating the likes of Tottenham and both Milan giants in the process.
They followed-up their pre-season campaign with a stunning 4-0 victory over Chelsea on the opening weekend of the campaign, only for the wheels to fall off following poor performances against Wolves, Crystal Palace and Southampton.
The Sun revealed at the start of the month that Solskjaer was livid with his players after the 1-1 draw away at Southampton, calling his players a ‘joke’ in a ‘furious dressing room rant’ at full-time.
The Telegraph, meanwhile, revealed this week that members of the United squad have privately expressed concern at the ‘uninspiring and old fashioned approach to coaching at Carrington’.
It sounds like things are rapidly taken a turn for the worse for Solskjaer, who has won just five out of 17 games since taking the United job permanently six months ago.
A victory - and a convincing one at that - over Rochdale in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening is vital.News Now - Sport News