Man Utd news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked

Solskjaer looks on

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's position as Manchester United manager has been thrown into doubt following Tottenham Hotspur's 6-1 weekend demolition at Old Trafford. 

Legitimate questions regarding Solskjaer's credentials for one of the most coveted roles in world football have persisted throughout his reign, but a crushing defeat against a well decorated predecessor has left him firmly in the firing line. 

The humbling home defeat has served to amplify the concerns of his strongest critics, with Twitter vultures seemingly searching for prey in light of Sunday's stunning result.

A self-destructive performance of this magnitude had been brewing at United since the season started with a 3-1 home defeat against Crystal Palace, and the severity of the most recent defeat has left the head honcho in deep trouble.

Odds of Solskjaer leaving his post 


With United floundering in 16th place after the early exchanges of the season, Solskjaer finds himself as the bookmakers' favourite to be the first manager out the exit door this season. 

Priced at just 5/4, the bookies clearly have reason to believe that Ed Woodward's patience and trust in the long-term project will be put to the test by the Red Devils' turbulent opening. 

Odds on first PL manager to leave 

But how have the early season results also impacted the positions of two struggling figureheads in Chris Wilder and Sean Dyche? And how important was the victory at Old Trafford for Mourinho?

You can check out the full ranking of Premier League managers based on how likely Oddschecker consider them to be sacked down below. 

*All odds correct at the time of writing*

20. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) - 80/1

It'll take more than one anomalous 7-2 defeat to push Klopp out the exit door. Even if he lost the next five consecutive fixtures by the same scoreline he'd still be safer than most in the division. The only reality in which Klopp's dismissal could be played out is in a time-bending Christopher Nolan epic. 

19. Carlo Ancelotti (Everton) - 50/1


Everton's messiah has arrived. He doesn't look a thing like Jesus but, with his side top of the pile during the international break, Ancelotti may have the Toffees faithful dreaming of a Premier League miracle this season. The Italian has revolutionised the club and restored a long-lost feel-good factor at Goodison Park.

18. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) - 33/1

Arsenal's FA Cup victory last season certainly consolidated Arteta's position and three wins from four Premier League games will certainly inspire confidence in his ability. The Spaniard looks set to oversee a long-term project at the club, and it's expected he'll be given time to realise his vision for the team, hence the odds. 

17. Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City) - 33/1

Leicester's 5-2 thrashing of Man City underlined Rodgers' tactical flexibility and ability to execute a game plan against the best around. He's done a brilliant job since joining the Foxes and it's no surprise he sits in 17th place.

16. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) - 28/1 


Guardiola has entered the final year of his contact at the club and City's opening to the season suggests that he's set to face one of the greatest challenges of his reign in Manchester, but it would take quite the sensational capitulation for him to be dismissed before his terms expire.

15. Graham Potter (Brighton & Hove Albion) - 28/1

It's been a difficult opening for Brighton but they can consider themselves unlucky to have only taken three points from four games. But 15th place dramatically overstates his security in the context of the modern game.

14. Nuno Espirito Santo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - 28/1

Having just signed a new deal with the club, Nuno's job is one of the most secure in the division. It wouldn't be a surprise, however, if he was on United's radar as a potential replacement for Solskjaer. 

13. Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton) - 25/1


Hasenhuttl is a popular figure on the south coast so it's no surprise that he appears this low on the list. Another 5-2 home humiliation may just see those odds tumble, however. 

12. Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United) - 25/1

Surely Bielsa is safer than Potter given their respective openings to the season? Well, he may be safer from the sack but the Argentine has previous in sudden, dramatic exits. It would take an unfathomably tumultuous turn of events to force him into resigning, but his past looks to be impacting the odds here.

11. Dean Smith (Aston Villa) - 25/1

Villa have just beaten the champions 7-2... give that man a pay rise!

10. Steve Bruce (Newcastle United) - 20/1

A promising transfer window has been compounded with an equally promising start to the season. Bruce will take some shifting, particularly given Ashley isn't the type to shell out on new recruits of any description. 

9. Jose Mourinho (Tottenham Hotspur) - 18/1

Jose Mourinho

From has-been dinosaur to tactical genius in the space of three short weeks. Mourinho was as low as 8-1 to be the first manager out the exit door after an opening day defeat against Everton, but he's rightfully looking more secure in light of two comprehensive away wins at Southampton and Man United.

8. Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace) - 16/1

Hodgson surely has nothing to worry about. The veteran manager is as reliable as they come and 8th place is a touch unjust.  

7. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) - 16/1

Big questions will be asked of Lampard this season given the level of investment that has gone into the squad during the course of the transfer window. With trigger-happy Roman Abramovich watching from afar, it won't take long for those odds to tumble if results don't go Chelsea's way. 

6. David Moyes (West Ham United) - 16/1

Be careful not to blink. Moyes was in deep trouble just a moment ago, wasn't he? Two wins, seven goals and two clean sheets later and h 

5. Chris Wilder (Sheffield United) - 16/1


That Wilder is in 5th place attests to the unforgiving nature of football. The 53-year-old has cultivated a brand of football that took the club to a 9th place finish last season. It would be criminal, short-sighted and nonsensical to get rid him anytime soon.

4. Slaven Bilic (West Bromwich Albion) - 10/1

Bilic is a charismatic figurehead at this level but is he astute enough to keep the Baggies in the Premier League? Based on his position here, the answer to that question may elude us. 

3. Sean Dyche (Burnley) - 10/1

Dyche's position is at odds with the loyalty Burnley have shown towards him. Clubs seldom allow a manager to remain at the helm following relegation from the top-flight, but that was afforded to the ginger Mourinho back in 2015.

Even after the Clarets' poor start to the season, you'd imagine it'll take an ominously dire run of form to see Dyche out the exit door.


2. Scott Parker (Fulham) - 9/4

Fulham already look well out of their depth in the Premier League and, with owner Tony Khan using social media as a vehicle to apologise for results, ominous signs are already there for Parker. 

He'll need a big result against Sheffield United after the international break - if he survives until then, of course.

1. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Manchester United) - 5/4

"Mr Woodward will see you now": the words Solskjaer will be hoping to circumvent over the course of the international break. 

Ed Woodward

The Norwegian is absolutely deserving of top spot after overseeing such a dismal capitulation at the hands of Spurs.

With three of United's next four fixtures coming against Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton, the United bigwigs have a big decision to make over the next fortnight. 

Who will be first to go?

Solskjaer and Parker are both in deep trouble and this week are likely to be on the receiving end of an ultimatum at the very least.

If both managers lose their first games back after the international break, we could well have a double dismissal on our hands. 

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