There is growing uncertainty over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position as Manchester United manager, despite reports claiming there has been no indication from the club’s owners that a managerial change is imminent.
The Norwegian manager is currently overseeing a disastrous run of form, with his side winning just one of their last six Premier League games – the 3-0 win at Tottenham being the only win.
Scrutiny on Solskjaer is at an all-time high. Heavy investments were made into his squad over the summer and the expectation was to challenge for the Premier League title. Instead, United have accumulated just 17 points from their opening 11 games.
Last week, there were reports of a verbal agreement between Brendan Rodgers and Manchester United, albeit formal completion of any managerial change was believed to be far from done.
Now, Manchester United have been told by former midfielder Luke Chadwick that although there are doubts over Rodgers, the former Liverpool manager would definitely spark a reaction at the club.
“When a new manager comes into the club there’s usually an immediate reaction,” Chadwick told CaughtOffside. “I think it would be hard to say Rodgers would radically change the style – it’s still the same group of players – but there’d certainly be a reaction.
“There’s obviously players at the club at the moment that aren’t getting the playing time they deserve. A new manager can usually mean a clean slate, no one knows for sure if they’re in the team so there’s a reaction.
“What happens after that … Ole’s been there for three years now and it looked like something was being built but for one reason or another it’s not happened. So the club have to think about what to do, after building it all up do they knock it all down and start again, or is it time to back Ole? I feel that another defeat at Watford would probably make the position untenable really.”
SN’s verdict on Rodgers potentially joining United…
Manchester United fans would be right in being cautious around the possibility of Rodgers joining the club. After all, he was the boss at Liverpool six years ago.
Rodgers has emerged as the best British manager in the last few years, guiding Leicester to consecutive fifth-place finishes, despite lagging behind several teams on a financial level.
In both seasons, his side left Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in their wake as they qualified for the Europa League in back-to-back campaigns.
Despite the heavy criticism of Solskjaer, he remains a club legend and is unequivocally backed by the home crowd. Rodgers would find it hard to receive the same unconditional love and would almost certainly be up against it from day one.
Furthermore, after assembling a star-studded squad, the expectation for any successor to Solskjaer would be to immediately challenge for the biggest honours. A fluked second-place finish aside, Rodgers has no history of competing for the top honours.