OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is certain he can turn the tide of Manchester United and will not leave Old Trafford.
Boss Solskjaer returned to work this week in good spirits after returning to Norway during the international break.
He immediately tried to lift the mood at Carrington training ground as he bid to make six losses in 12 games behind him.
United are facing a defining period, with an away game at Watford on Saturday, followed by a trip or farewell to Villarreal in their penultimate Champions League group F tie.
If they fail to make it through from the group stage in their second season, it could send even the most ardent Solskjaer supporters in the boardroom to a standstill.
But despite home defeats to Liverpool 5-0 and Manchester City 2-0, the manager believes they are not far from a challenge to win the title.
Fans who have sat through the last two home games in the Premier League will need some convincing, however, United are currently sixth, nine points behind leaders Chelsea with the past 11 games.
They were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham.
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Some top players are increasingly losing faith in tactics and team selection.
And the club have given up on signing Paul Pogba. He is currently recovering from a thigh injury at a warm weather camp in Dubai.
Understandably, stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes believe the team should play much better.
And fringe players including Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard couldn’t understand their lack of game time.
Both will consider the moves in the new year transfer window.
Solskjaer, however, remains optimistic in the face of adversity.
OLE’s LONG-TERM PLAN
It was only in May that United secured a runner-up finish after finishing third last season.
While the manager accepts his job is being judged as game after game, he is frustrated that there is not more acceptance of what has been achieved over the past two years.
He has agreed a long-term plan with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to get the club back on track after the roller coaster ride of life under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
The thing is, it’s been eight years without a title, four managers and around £1 billion spent on players.
The board has taken steps to better communicate with fan groups following the protests following the European Super League’s malfunction.
Anti-Glazer sentiment has since died down.
But the owner’s family knows if the current crisis continues, anger will likely return their way, despite supporting each of the last three managers to a great extent. on the transfer market.
RODGERS A CHOICE?
Fans don’t want to bounce back with club legend Solskjaer, especially since his last gasp of victory in the 1999 Champions League final stamped their incredible Treble.
But the board knows it won’t do its job properly if it doesn’t put in place contingency plans in case the current crisis continues.
That is why a top agent has been prized when replacing the Norwegian, with Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers being the favourite.
The club remains stable off the pitch, with more positive financial results announced yesterday and Woodward insisting success on the pitch remains a priority.
Of course, the win over Watford, over Villarreal and the unlikely win over leaders Chelsea a week on Sunday and all will look good to the world again.
Until the next failure and the whole cycle spins again.
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