Man United's net spend compared to Liverpool's since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge

Oh Ole...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing an uphill battle to keep his job at Manchester United.

The Norwegian manager is being faced with the sack after his team slipped to a humiliating 5-0 defeat against bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford last weekend.

That result, which sent shockwaves throughout the footballing world, was United's fourth Premier League game in a row without a victory.

During that horrendous run, the Red Devils were beaten 4-2 by Leicester, held to a 1-1 draw by Everton and tasted defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

Those results are simply unacceptable for a team chasing major trophies and it's why Solskjaer's job is hanging by a thread.

What makes the whole situation worse for the club legend is the fact that he's been backed in the transfer market by those above him.

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This summer, United added the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to an already star-studded squad.

That summer of lavish spending means that the team has the highest net spend on transfers since Solskjaer was appointed as manager following Jose Mourinho's sacking.

According to a post on Reddit, they've amassed a total of £312.1m in that time, while Liverpool have actually made a profit...

Image: PL net spend since Ole's appointment

Net spend on transfer since Solskjaer's appointment

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That does not make for pretty reading if you're a United fan.

Chelsea's total is around a quarter of the Red Devils' and despite that, the Blues are streets clear of the Manchester club right now.

To put it simply, Solskjaer has the tools at his disposal to achieve success both domestically and continentally, but he hasn't been able to use them properly.

"The club have spent an enormous amount of money since he's [Solskjaer] been there, they've brought in great players and now they still look miles off," Jamie Redknapp told the Essential Football Podcast.

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"They shouldn't be in the position where they are now where they're out of the Carabao Cup, struggling in the Champions League… no way should that team be losing 5-0. If you're losing 5-0 to Liverpool you have a major problem. It was very damning what I saw.

"The players weren't getting close enough, they weren't winning individual battles. There was a lack of discipline with what Paul Pogba did.

"Liverpool's players run through brick walls. They will do everything; they chase, they harry... But you look at Man Utd and for one of the goals, Aaron Wan-Bissaka goes to close down Andy Robertson and he's just off it, but Robertson then runs the other way to get in a position where if they'd played him back in, he'd have scored and Wan-Bissaka is 30 yards off him.

"That has nothing to do with tactics, that has to do with a manager making you play with so much fear that if you don't run back you're out of the team. Man Utd players aren't playing like that. Liverpool's players are in fear of Jurgen Klopp, in the nicest way. They know if they don't run or chase, they'll come out of the team. Under Ole, players aren't really scared.

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"Luke Shaw, when he doesn't react to the ball when it comes to Mohamed Salah, that comes from being switched on and ready for the battle. I don't think this Man Utd team right now, with Ole, are getting this message across. That is a major problem. If you look at Pep Guardiola, he gets Manchester City running."

If Solskjaer manages to last the entirety of the 2021/22 season in the United hot-seat, it will be a huge surprise.

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