Less than 24 hours after Manchester United suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday, reports indicated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would soon be sacked.
Antonio Conte was pushed forward as the main candidate to replace him on Monday, before various reports from the British press pointed out yesterday the Red Devils have no immediate plans to sack the Norwegian.
José Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes have been let go by United in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era.
The Premier League side have decided not to part ways with Solskjaer, partly due to his past achievement as a player with the club. This is the opinion shared by ex-Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet. The South American knows Solskjaer as the duo did their coaching course together.
“It happens that Ole first is a sensational guy. I did the coaching course with him and he’s a terrific and lovable guy. He is such a good person, until it is difficult for you to make a decision like that,” Poyet told Radio Sport 890, relayed by ESPN Deportes.
“And he is also an idol of the club for many reasons, for playing so many years and for the goal he scored against Bayern Munich in the injury time for Manchester United to win the 1998-99 Champions League.
“That is helping him a little, if it had been any other coach, such as Mourinho, Van Gaal or David Moyes, they would surely have fired him this week.”
Solskjaer needs to guide United back to winning ways and if results don’t improve straight away, his tenure as the club’s manager will likely come to an end soon.