Footage of Cristiano Ronaldo appearing to mock Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has emerged less than 24 hours after Manchester United’s horrific 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s men steamrolled Solskjaer’s beleaguered Reds, with four of their five goals all coming within the first 45 minutes.
It is a result which has left United floundering in seventh position; eight points behind current Premier League leaders Chelsea and three points away from the Champions League places.
But the sheer ease Klopp’s men drove through United’s side, and the sheer humiliation of the score-line brings ramifications way beyond their mere league position.
Solskjaer’s position has been seriously called into question with many pundits claiming the result is even worse than the 6-1 humiliations s they were served by Manchester City in 2011 and Tottenham Hotspur last season.
And with reports claiming unrest amongst the dressing room and doubting of Solskjaer’s tactical nous, online footage of Ronaldo appearing to mock Solskjaer has proceeded to add further embarrassment onto the Norwegian.
The video, which emanated on social media, appears to present the former Real Madrid and Juventus hitman gesticulating with his arms, in a way reminiscent of the way in which Solskjaer tries to visually convey movements and positions when giving instructions to his team.
Ronaldo did this just after Mohamed Salah scored one of his three goals at Old Trafford, and it is a very damning watch for United fans.
The Portuguese forward had a goal disallowed during the rout which would have been a mere footnote to United’s poor showing, but his effort was ruled out after VAR deemed he was offside.
Salah scored a hattrick, while Naby Keita and Curtis Jones put Liverpool on their way with the first two goals for the Reds.
While Klopp strutted across Old Trafford and serenaded the travelling Liverpool faithful with his trademarks call and response fist-bumps at the end of the match, Solskjaer meekly applauded the few United fans who could stomach the whole match.
It was the ultimate contrast of emotions between two managers who current experiences at their respective super clubs could not be more contrasting.
Reports from the Manchester Evening News have also claimed the club’s hierarchy are seriously considering sacking Solskjaer this week.
The situation has been further accentuated by reports claiming director Richard Arnold has cancelled his prior appointments to discuss Solskjaer with owner Joel Glazer.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is ‘keen’ on the potential opportunity to manage the Red Devils, even though he is normally unwilling to start a job mid-season.
Conte’s past success in England at Chelsea, where he won the Premier League and the FA Cup in a two-year spell at Stamford Bridge, as well as his experience managing Juventus, Italy, and most recently, Inter Milan, looks to have made him one of their prime targets.
United were touted as strong contenders for the title this season after they brought in Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Ronaldo in the summer.
After an electric start to the Premier League, they have since lost five out of their last nine matches in all competitions.
They are also winless in their last three league matches, culminating in their dramatic free fall out of the top four and into seventh position.