Manchester United May Be In For a Manager Change, Revamped Squad
The English Premier League is the most followed association football tournament in the world. And Manchester United is one of the best-known teams competing in it. The Red Devils show up in a distinguished place at every bookmaker, every football betting app around the world. Lately, in turn, the team that has plowed through its competitors with ease, that signed one of the best soccer players in the world this summer, is receiving beating after beating on the turf. Their latest defeat - a 5-0 home loss against Liverpool - has apparently determined the club’s leadership to sack the team’s manager, replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjær with another coach. Reportedly, Solskjær has three matches - or until November 6th - to turn the team’s performance around or face sacking. Other sources say that he might leave as early as this Sunday if things don’t go well.
There are already several names circulating as potential replacements for Ole Gunnar Solskjær. One of them, the person who would be legendary ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s first choice, is PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Pochettino has extensive experience in a management position in the Premier League, having led teams like Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton. Other sources speak of Italian manager Antonio Conte who recently left Italian club Juventus by mutual consent. Conte reportedly already has a clear idea of how to set up his future team (should he be hired, of course): rebuilding the squad around nine outstanding players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Pogba, Sancho, and Rashford - but leaving out Harry Maguire, Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport heard. Other potential names on the shortlist for the position - provided Solskjær is indeed sacked - include Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, French football legend Zinedine Zidane, and Ajax manager Erik ten Hag.
Where did Solskjær go wrong?
Manchester United has spent a huge pile of money on players during this summer transfer window, signing legendary footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, United has one of its worst seasons so far. To date, the team has been eliminated from the League Cup (Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons) and fell to seventh place in the Premier League standings. It currently has a four-game losing streak, and it has suffered one of the most humiliating losses ever at the hands (or better said, feet) of bitter rivals Liverpool FC. Solskjær’s lineup selection was called into question several times - especially his decision to not feature his biggest star, Cristiano Ronaldo, in the starting 11. He was also criticized for his questionable tactics and lack of coordination among players, seen as mistakes that cost Manchester United vital matches both in the League Cup and the Premier League, not to mention the UEFA Champions League. And most importantly, it cost him the trust of his players who came out against him repeatedly on social media.