Like a broken cassette, the cycle is in motion again; it appears. Almost like a curse, Manchester United’s post-Fergie era has been following a strict pattern.
David Moyes tried and failed, Van Gaal the same, even the self-acclaimed “Special One” Jose Mourinho couldn’t drag Manchester United to the glory days. And now it appears Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be next in line.
Despite finishing the 2019/20 season in the top-four, questions were asked over Ole Gunnar’s ability to lead a team of Manchester United’s stature.
Coming into the new season, more than a few eyebrows were raised over the future of Manchester United.
The spineless and lackluster character shown by the club in the transfer window only raises more doubts amongst the Red’s faithful, who have questioned the ambitions of the club’s hierarchy.
In the latest of their abysmal performances, Manchester United suffered another defeat on home soil in as many games as they fell to a humiliating 6-1 defeat against Tottenham in their Premier League encounter.
Despite drawing first blood with Bruno Fernandes’s fourth-minute opener, things turned sour for the Reds as they were on the receiving end of a 6-1 mauling.
A horrendous mistake by club captain and defender Harry Maguire gifted Tanguy Ndombele his first goal of the season as Spurs soon drew level. Son Heung-min then finished a well-worked play by Harry Kane for their second of the night.
Things soon turned sour for Solskjaer as French striker Anthony Martial saw red for violent conduct in the first half after he struck Erik Lamela on the neck.
Tottenham, capitalizing on this advantage would fire four more past shot-stopper David de Gea, with both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min grabbing a brace.
What next for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?
With a sluggish start to the season, it is clear that an uphill challenge awaits Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United, who sit 16th on the Premier League table, with a game in hand.
The Reds were handed one of the toughest groups in the UEFA Champions League and in their next five fixtures, Ole Gunnar and his Red Army have the daunting task of facing Newcastle United, the 2019 Champions League runners-up Paris Saint Germain, Chelsea, RB Leipzig, and a rejuvenated Arsenal side.
One could expect that these five games determine Ole Gunnar’s future, and with recent reports suggesting that the Manchester United hierarchy are preparing to release the 47-year-old head coach, he would have to string in brilliant performances and convincing results to save his dream job.
With Former Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino heavily linked with the Manchester United job, Ole is now under pressure to succeed, more than he’s ever been.