Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go their separate ways. There is no alternative to the decision, but he is at least four weeks late. A comment.
“It’s not Manchester United.” Goalkeeper David de Gea said what all Red Devils fans were thinking on Saturday night. The 4-1 loss to relegation contender Watford was the culmination of a catastrophic development in recent weeks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was certainly not solely responsible for this development, but his end as United manager is still the long-awaited consequence with no alternative.
The English record champions rarely played attractively under the Norwegian’s leadership, they were more or less a coincidence, but often emerged as a closed unit that worked for each other and thus became a Premier League finalist the last season, and even made it to the Europa League final.
In the end, however, the team looked like they could only build on the brilliant moments of last-minute returnee Cristiano Ronaldo, despite $ 1million pledges this summer like Jadon Sancho’s. In matches like against Watford, simple basic virtues like wrestling and passion have gone down the drain – the latest sign that club legend Solskjaer has no longer reached much of his all-star set.
Reactions to United debacle: “Games should be on Comedy Central”
The pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was now too great after Manchester United embarrassed themselves against Kellerkind FC Watford (1: 4). The hashtag “OleOut” is already trending on Twitter. SPOX shows a selection of network reactions.
“Yes, December under van Gaal was bad. Mourinho’s third season was bad. But what we’ve seen in the past two months is absolutely the worst. (..) We have no tactics, no hearts , no desire. He has to go. “
Jan Aage Fjörtoft (ex-professional and TV expert): “A manager can survive defeat. But there is no way to survive humiliation.”
Gary Neville (ex-pro and TV expert): “A shock for United”
“Manchester United matches should be filmed on Comedy Central.”
“When will the suffering end?” “
“Throw him out now!” “
“If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t resign after that, my respect for him would have completely vanished.”
Watford: We only have two wins in ten games, how do we deal with Manchetser United? – Coach Claudio Ranieri: “This is where Ole comes in”
“I can not stand it anymore”
Manchester United: Zidane would not be the ideal solution
United bosses should have pulled the cord and signed a new manager at least four weeks ago following the 5-0 home game against Liverpool FC. The one who tidies up and arouses new motivation. The one who also helps his players tactically. Antonio Conté, for example. But he has been the head coach of Tottenham Hotspur since early November.
The market does not offer a lot of options. The clubless Zinedine Zidane is perhaps a man with international experience and the charisma of a champion. In the recent past, he’s made a name for himself at Real Madrid, not necessarily as a developer, but more as an administrator.
Moreover, he hardly speaks English and has little connection to the island and the Premier League. An ideal solution seems different. Especially since the French keep hearing that he would like to become national coach after the 2022 World Cup – and that he is not aiming for a new club position by then.
Other favorite candidates in the media like Erik ten Hag (Ajax Amsterdam), Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City) or Mauricio Pochettino (Paris Saint-Germain), who, according to information from SPOX and GOAL is in no way opposed, will initially be difficult to exit from their contracts.
A delicate situation for those responsible, which they probably could have saved themselves if they had hit Conte. But it doesn’t matter who comes in at the end: it can’t really get any worse than the last time under Solskjaer.