Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deactivated his Twitter account

AZ Alkmaar v Manchester United: Group L - UEFA Europa League

The Europa League failed to provide Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with any respite on Thursday night. 

Manchester United played out a drab goalless draw with AZ Alkmaar in which they failed to register a single shot on target. 

Before the game, the Norwegian feared his players would struggle on the artificial pitch at the Kyocera Stadium. 

If only it had been a one-off. United were also uninspiring against Arsenal and have only won two league games all season. 

As has been well-documented, their away form has been particularly abysmal. 

The Red Devils haven't won on the road since beating Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on March 6.

That's a run of 10 games. 

It all leaves Solskjaer's position looking increasingly precarious. 

The 46-year-old could be forgiven for feeling the pressure, especially from a generation of fans who are not used to seeing their club through turbulent times. 

Unfortunately, social media has made most players, and a handful of managers, more accessible to supporters and that's often abused. 

For Solskjaer, it all appears to have got too much as his Twitter account - @olegs26_ole - has been deactivated. 


While the account wasn't verified with a blue tick, it's said to have been followed by the likes of Ashley Young and several other former United players, which does suggest it was the man himself. 

The bio had read: 

"Dad of 3 fantastic kids, married to a wonderful wife and Manager of Molde FK , ex footballer." 


Solskjaer clearly didn't use it regularly anyway, but it's still a sad state of affairs if he's had to ditch the account altogether due to the abuse he receives. 

For a good portion of the Old Trafford faithful, he will always be a fan favourite.

Indeed, many point the finger of blame higher up in the hierarchy, given that all of the managers of the post-Fergie era - David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho have all essentially failed. 

Perhaps Solskjaer is wise to take himself out the firing line, at least online, as United face a tricky trip to Newcastle next up in the Premier League. 

AZ Alkmaar v Manchester United: Group L - UEFA Europa League

The Magpies have problems of their own, sitting 19th in the table with just one win. 

However, that victory did come against Tottenham Hotspur, so Steve Bruce's men are capable of causing an upset.

Solskjaer has never needed an away win so badly. 

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