Man Utd make decision on sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before Everton amid Pochettino talks
Manchester United will not sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before Saturday’s Premier League clash with Everton despite approaching Mauricio Pochettino about the possibility of making him their next manager, according to reports.
Solskjaer is under pressure with United having suffered a tough start to the league season, losing three of their six matches to six 15th.
The Champions League had been the Red Devils’ saving grace before Wednesday night, when they suffered a shock defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Turkish, complete newboys to the European competition, took advantage of woeful United defending to win 2-1 and inflict a second successive loss on Solskjaer and co.
TalkSPORT say United officials have sounded out the advisers of Pochettino to gauge his interest in succeeding the Norwegian coach at Old Trafford.
While United are still reluctant to sack club legend Solskjaer, if poor performances and results continue, the club’s board look set to be forced into a tough decision.
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The 47-year-old will manage the side at Goodison Park against Everton on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off) however.
The club are losing confidence in Solskjaer’s ability to turn United into a title-challenging team, despite him leading them to a third-placed finish last term.
But he will be given an opportunity to alleviate some of the pressure he is facing against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton.
Before a 6-1 loss to Tottenham this season, Goodison Park was the scene of Solskjaer’s worst moment as United boss when his side lost 4-0 on Merseyside in April 2019.
Solskjaer is looking for his first win as United manager there having drawn 1-1 in his most recent trip back in March, when Bruno Fernandes cancelled out Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s effort.
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The Toffees are only three points off league leaders Liverpool but have lost both of their past two matches.
Everton are still yet to win a league match without Richarlison on the pitch since he signed from Watford in July 2018 and positively for United, the Brazilian serves the final game of a three-match ban against them.
Sky Sports’ James Cooper, meanwhile, says that United have told him that they are not looking to axe Solskjaer despite claims they are in contact with Solskjaer’s representatives.
“From what I’m being told, Manchester United still see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as a long-term project and somebody who should be given the backing and support to do this job,” he said.
“I don’t think anything’s changed. What’s their reaction to the last couple of days? I think it’s not good.
“A week ago, we were all saying what an amazing coach and how things have changed under Solskjaer. He out thought RB Leipzig when they won 5-0 at Old Trafford and everything seemed to be changing.
“The flipside to that is, how on earth did those players beat Leipzig 5-0 and then put in the performances that we’ve seen over the last couple of games?
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“There are major question marks. You saw Solskjaer last night – he was furious with what happened in Istanbul. He protected his players, didn’t criticise them too much.
“But I think you can see that he’s expecting a big turnaround against Everton at the weekend.
“We have been here before but most Manchester United fans would tell you, when he needs a result, he gets one.
“But going to Everton at the weekend won’t be easy. November is a sticky time for managers post Sir Alex Ferguson.
“This time last year, there were the same questions against Solskjaer.
“The message from United is that they’re backing Solskjaer. He is the man for the long-term, but things do need to improve on the pitch.”
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