Man United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has already picked sides as board ‘split’ on Solskjaer sack

Manchester United hero Sir Alex Ferguson’s stance is clear after it was reported that the Red Devils’ boardroom is split on the issue of sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian played under Ferguson for 11 years at Old Trafford, and the Scot still has plenty of sway over matters behind the scenes. 

A series of poor results, including heavy defeats to Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City have piled the pressure on Solskjaer during the international break.

Names like Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers being linked with the job have not made the past few weeks any easier either. 

But according to Fabrizio Romano, the lack of a truly convincing managerial alternative has divided the United boardroom. 

However, with Solskjaer still in a job for now at least, it appears as though he has a majority backing behind the scenes. 

One figure he can count on is Ferguson, who allegedly intervened after the Liverpool defeat to buy his former striker more time in the dugout. 

Romano indicated that the Scotsman is one of the key boardroom figures advocating for Solskjaer to be given another chance to prove himself. 

The very next game, United ran out 3-0 winners against Tottenham, although Nuno Espirito Santo was promptly sacked for the north London side’s poor showing.

 A last-gasp draw against Atalanta soon brought United back to reality, before City delivered a dominant performance at Old Trafford.

Ferguson’s boardroom sway appears to have gone some way towards keeping Solskjaer in the job, as this weekend’s tie with Watford draws closer. 

There are also other elements, however, as the difficulty involved with bringing in Rodgers or Pochettino, both contracted to other clubs, is believed to be weighing on United minds when it comes to such a big decision. 

Ed Woodward is also supposedly reluctant to axe the Norwegian, with his tenure as vice-chairman due to end in just a few weeks’ time.

Romano told the United Stand YouTube channel on Monday: “The Man Utd board are not stupid, they know that the situation is really complicated.

“The next game against Watford is so important.

“The main part of the Man Utd board are still supporting Ole, there are also some board members thinking about replacing him and going for another manager.

“They are always talking about this point, they do not think everything is okay.”

Indeed, Solskjaer seems to have Ferguson’s backing for now, but a tough run of fixtures after the Watford clash could be make or break when it comes to his future as boss.