Ed Woodward will not hesitate to send Ole Gunnar Solskjaer away if Manchester United’s season continues to unravel.
The United boss knows it will be like striking Bambi after the Solskjaer Triple Championship in 1999, when the former striker scored the last goal against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
But Woodward particularly insisted he would put feelings aside about the club’s future.
Old Trafford has come under fire for failing to achieve the priority goals that Solskjaer wanted in the transfer window that closed last week.
But it is Solshire himself who may face even more heat in the coming weeks – with the past Tottenham President Mauricio Pochettino is still wanted at Old Trafford.
Senior club officials are aware that Pochettino has not held a job yet and will be ready and willing to parachute to Manchester if United’s poor start to the season is not stopped.
The Argentine coach, who was sacked by Tottenham nearly 11 months ago and replaced by former United coach Jose Mourinho, took leave to recharge.
Sources close to South America revealed this week that the 48-year-old had rejected several job offers and was waiting for “the appropriate project that would allow him to make full use of his experience and capabilities on the big stage.”
This is clearly a symbol of the English Premier League – and many believe Manchester United Pochettino will provide the perfect platform to reboot his career.
Solshire had a surprise date last year and was seen as the perfect man to give United the cultural reset they needed when Woodward announced he was Mourinho’s successor in March of last year.
There is no denying that Solskjaer reached the semi-finals of the cup last season at home and abroad, as well as coming from behind to claim a place in the Champions League on the last day of the season.
But those who think Woodward isn’t going to stop Solshire should think again.
Despite being appointed in March of last year under a three-year contract that expires in 2022, Woodward insists that the favorite of United fans has not gotten a free ride.
Despite his support for the Norwegian in previous transfer periods, especially with the capture of England defender Harry Maguire Leicester In a £ 85m deal last year that made him the world’s most expensive defender, Woodward would act if United’s decline continues early in the season.
Skeptics believe that with Woodward going to find it too difficult to sack Solskjaer, he is ready to give him time to bring his real rivals back to the title again – even as another conflict is likely this season.
But Woodward points out Liverpool He sacked club legend Kenny Dalglish in 2012 after they finished eighth in the Premier League as evidence of his willingness to do the same.
Solshire admits United face a difficult month with the league matches against him NewcastleAnd the ChelseaAnd the Arsenal And the Everton As well as group matches in the Champions League in Paris Saint-Germain and the German home of Leipzig.
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After suffering a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham at Old Trafford before the end of the first half, the pressure increased on Solskjaer, who saw his team lose 3-1 at home. Crystal Palace On the opening day of the new campaign.
In between was an unconvincing 3-2 win at Brighton Thanks to a penalty kick awarded by the VAR after the final whistle at AMEX Stadium.
A summer transition period in which he misses none of his main goals and a dribbling start that put Solskjaer under the microscope – with Pochettino lurking in the background.