Solskjaer’s job has to be on the line, says former Arsenal star

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure at Manchester United, with the latest slip-up against Everton mounting the pressure on United’s manager.

The Norwegian boss has overseen a change in fortunes in most ways apart from silverware since he took over from Jose Mourinho in 2018 but having spent big over the last transfer window, there is now an expectation to challenge for the major honours this year.

Manchester United made three marquee signings over the summer, with Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo all being recruited in high-profile cases.

After starting the season positively, Manchester United have hit their first bump of the campaign as they have already lost three games, one in each competition so far. The surprising defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League was especially damning, with the defeat to the Swiss minnows reminiscent of last season’s loss to Istanbul Basaksehir.

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Pundit and former Arsenal star Paul Merson has now highlighted Manchester United’s worries by insisting Solskjaer’s job has to be on the line.

“Time was not so long ago when playing poorly and having two players you forked out £110m for on the bench was a recipe for the bullet,” he wrote in his Daily Star column.

“No one seems to say a dickie bird these days, but that doesn’t mean Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can get away with it much longer. His job has to be on the line especially his inability to get a tune out of Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek.

“They look like their confidence is shot and, for me, the only way to get them up to speed is to keep playing them.”

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