Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fate is at risk. He’s fighting to save his job after recent results show he has lost the backing from the fans and those in charge at Manchester United.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a three-year deal in March, is understood to be losing patience with the team’s woeful form.
Solskjaer was given the job of replacing Jose Mourinho permanently on 28 March. He had lost one of his first 17 games in temporary charge and had a win percentage of 82.35%.
Fast forward seven months and the backdrop could not be much bleaker. A total of 14 points from their past 15 games is better only than Southampton (13), Brighton (12) and Watford (10) of the 14 clubs who have been in the Premier League throughout his time in charge.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fate is at risk, as his win ratio now is 47.5% – the worst of any United manager since Dave Sexton, who was in charge from 1977-81.
United are two points above the relegation zone. It is unlikely, but not impossible, they could be in it after the ninth round of matches has been completed. The last time they were in the bottom three after more than a single game was 1992-93 when they were 20th (out of 22) after three matches.
They went on to win the title that season. No-one is seriously contemplating that outcome at the end of this campaign.
United have not won away from home in the Premier League since they beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on 27 February. The eight games they have gone without a victory since then is their worst run since 1989.
Their shot conversion rate in the Premier League this season is 8.2%, the fifth-worst in the top flight.
United have won one out of their past eight meetings with Liverpool, although five of them have ended in draws.
A heavy defeat to arch-rivals and Premier League leaders Liverpool, United’s next opponents after the international break, could be the end for Solskjaer.
Sitting 12th in the Premier League, it is Manchester United’s worst start to a season for 30 years with only nine points from eight games.
They have not won away from Old Trafford in domestic competition since February and have failed to score more than one goal in any game since the 4-0 opening-day hammering of Chelsea.
United will spend the next two weeks sitting an uncomfortable two points above the relegation zone as they await their fixture with League leaders Liverpool, who require one more victory to equal Manchester City’s record 18 Premier League wins in a row.
By John Dalton Kigozi