Ups, downs, and merry-go-rounds: The Solskjær story so far

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s tenure at Manchester United has been an eventful one, to say the least.

The Norwegian was appointed caretaker manager in December 2018 and has since gone on to manage 100 games as United boss. His record on paper is actually quite decent.

Solskjær has amassed 55 wins, drawn 21 times, and tasted defeat on 24 occasions.

The issue with the Norwegian boss, however, is the manner in which he’s achieved this 55% win percentage. Under Ole, when United are good they feel like the best team in the world, capable of causing miraculous upsets. Paris St. Germain can bear witness to this, having twice fallen victim to Ole’s showtime reds at home.

Players celebrate under Solskjær, Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjær secured the Manchester United job on a permanent basis after a miracle second leg comeback versus Paris St. Germain in the UEFA Champions League. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY SKY SPORTS.

Similarly, when United are bad under the Norwegian, they’re absolute rubbish. Several cases of poor tactical implementation and inept in-game management have led to some embarrassing defeats. The 6-1 thrashing Spurs handed to the Mancunians at Old Trafford is a prime recent example of just how bad it can get with Solskjær at the helm.

Perhaps every team does have bad days, but what’s particularly off-putting about the bad days at Manchester United is that they seem to come when everything is just fine. Just when the club and its fans seem to find some semblance of normalcy, calamity strikes once more.

There’s no sense of stability at Manchester United. It always feels like the next big disaster-class is around the corner, and inevitably it does arrive. This pattern has led to rumblings about possible discontent amongst the higher-ups at Old Trafford, with Mauricio Pochettino reportedly having been approached about replacing the Norwegian.

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino has been touted as a potential replacement should Solskjær be given the sack at Manchester United. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY EUROSPORT.

Maybe Solskjær’s days are numbered, maybe they aren’t, we cannot say for sure. However, if this pattern of instability continues, then perhaps we might be seeing a new face at the helm of the team from the red side of Manchester sooner rather than later.

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