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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retains the support of the club’s dressing room despite the club’s recent iffy form, according to reports. The Norwegian’s team have failed to win four of their last six matches across all competitions. And that’s put pressure on him ahead of Saturday’s Premier League showdown with Leicester at the King Power Stadium.
Manchester United brought Solskjaer in back in December 2018, with the Norwegian replacing Jose Mourinho as manager.
And while the club have made strides under the 48-year-old, the jury remains out.
Solskjaer has done what no United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson has been able to do by securing Champions League football for two years on the trot.
But there’s still no trophy at Old Trafford, with Mourinho the last person to bring silverware to the club.
United backed Solskjaer heavily in the summer, bringing in big names such as Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But their recent form has been poor, with just two victories from their last six games.
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Yet while Solskjaer has faced some calls to go, from fans and pundits alike, the Glazers are adamant he’s the right man for the job.
And the players, according to the Athletic, think similarly.
It’s claimed they like Solskjaer and want him to succeed, with that harmony a boost for the Norwegian given how their form has been of late.
However, they’re not entirely happy with training.
It’s stated a source close to several senior players has said they feel training could be led by coaches with greater elite experience, which Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna don’t have.
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McKenna is 35, whereas Carrick is 40. The former had previously coached the under-18s teams at Tottenham, whereas Carrick was assistant to Mourinho.
Some feel that McKenna’s approach is ’schoolmasterly’, whereas they feel Carrick’s skill is in spotting details and influencing players.
And whether Solskjaer can please players by steering the club to trophies remains to be seen.
United, certainly, have the squad to challenge for the biggest and best prizes on offer.
But with Solskjaer still a relatively-inexperienced manager, he must improve things or face further calls for the likes of Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane to take charge.
Speaking recently, he insisted he was confident in his own ability.
“It’s the same question that was asked after Wednesday night,” he said after his team’s 1-1 draw with Everton before the international break.
“I’m very confident that we will get the best out of this squad.
“A lot has happened this month and we’ve had Raphael [Varane] and Jadon [Sancho] with us since August, and Cristiano [Ronaldo] since September.
“We’ve got loads to work on and we need to improve, we know that and I know that, but I do believe in this group of players and the coaching staff that I’ve got. So, the short answer is yes.
“I believe in these players, I believe in the coaching staff and I believe we have something going.
“The proof is in the pudding, we need results and you have to turn up.
“You can’t say ‘we did well against City and Tottenham last year’, we have to do it during the 90 minutes, whoever plays.
“That’s the challenge, because every game in the Champions League and Premier League is a big game against a good team and every game as Manchester United is a potential banana skin, as we’re expected to win every one.”
United and Leicester played out a 2-2 draw in the same fixture last season.
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