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Manchester United are moving at a ‘glacial pace’ when it comes to sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, reports say. It’s stated the Glazers have already decided to axe the Norwegian. But, despite that stance, the 48-year-old is primed to oversee his side’s Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday.
United will go up against Watford looking to bounce back.
It’s been a chastening campaign for the Red Devils so far, with Solskjaer seeing his team lose six of their last 12 matches across all competitions.
As a result, there’s been plenty of talk of the sack amid interest in candidates such as Brendan Rodgers, Erik ten Hag, Luis Enrique and others.
And the Manchester Evening News have doubled down on their claim that Solskjaer’s sacking is a case of when, not if.
But while that’s the case, the Red Devils are acting slowly when it comes to relieving the 48-year-old of his duties.
Part of the reason for that may be because their managerial targets are all currently in other jobs.
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Rodgers has insisted he’s happy at Leicester, responding to speculation on Thursday by saying: “There’s two things.
“Firstly, it’s really disrespectful for you to ask the question when you have a manager [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] in place, a good manager and a good man, who is working for the club.
“Secondly, I can’t really comment on it because it is something that is not real.
“I am here as the Leicester City manager, I’m proud to be here, privileged to be here and fully committed to the players, the club, the ownership.
“That’s about it really. All the other noise around that is something that we can’t control.
“I’ve focused, like I have done in my career, so the only club I’m thinking about is Chelsea and getting ready for that.”
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Enrique is in charge of the Spain national team and, with the World Cup in Qatar creeping closer, has no plans to leave his position.
Ten Hag, meanwhile, has stressed his commitment to Ajax – while PSG don’t expect Mauricio Pochettino to depart.
So, for now, it seems like United are stuck with Solskjaer.
Should they beat Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday, it will lift some of the pressure on the Norwegian’s shoulders.
Yet there’s a sense it would merely delay the inevitable, with United’s form going from bad to worse so far this term.
United lost 2-0 when they last met the Hornets in December 2019, on another low day under Solskjaer.
And a repeat of that result would surely see the Glazers accelerate their plans to make a managerial change.
Meanwhile, Jamie O’Hara has branded United a ‘shambles’ under Solskjaer and called on the 48-year-old to leave.
“I’ve been saying this for weeks, months – Manchester United are a shambles keeping hold of the manager,” he said.
“They’ve got a world-class squad of players with a basic manager who wouldn’t even get another job in the Premier League. I can’t believe they’re not being ruthless enough to say, ‘right, now’s the time to do it’.
“They’ve kept hanging on and hanging on. This season, he [Solskjaer] even said no more excuses with the squad of players they’ve got. Everyone said that.
“And straight away they’re out of the title race, they’re not going to win the title this season, so they’ve wasted another season.
“These players like Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking at it thinking, ‘for Christ’s sake, there are so many good players we’ve got and we should be doing so much better’, but they are all over the place!
“They are painful to watch. It’s actually painful to watch such a good group of players play so badly.
“Any other manager, if it was Mourinho or Van Gaal, if anyone else was going on this run they’d be slaughtered.
“For some reason, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to get a free ride.
“They have got a world class group of players but a bang average manager who’s out of his depth.”
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