Manchester United’s owners the Glazers reportedly feel Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn’t getting enough from Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho.
It’s been a topsy-turvy start to the campaign for the Red Devils. And results must improve if they’re to win a first Premier League title since 2013.
Manchester United won three of their first four Premier League matches.
But they’ve struggled in recent weeks, failing to win four of their last six games across all competitions.
As a result, pressure is mounting on Solskjaer. The club aren’t ready to sack him yet, but everybody involved knows things must improve.
And the Transfer Window Podcast claim that the Glazers are unimpressed by the 48-year-old’s handling of Ronaldo, Sancho and Varane so far.
It’s claimed they feel like they’re not getting ‘value for money’, having spent big on landing the trio from Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid respectively.
And, now, Solskjaer has to get his star men firing.
Ronaldo has delivered five goals from six appearances so far but the Glazers, it seems, want even more from the 36-year-old.
Their other two marquee signings have, however, failed to have the impact the Red Devils thought they would.
Sancho hasn’t scored or assisted a goal for the club so far, with the England international struggling on the left wing.
And Varane is yet to bring the same solidarity he provided for Real Madrid, where he helped Los Blancos win four Champions League titles.
Solskjaer knows United have to be better but, speaking after the 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday, insisted he was confident in his own ability.
“I’m very confident that we will get the best out of this squad,” he said.
“A lot has happened this month and we’ve had Raphael [Varane] and Jadon [Sancho] with us since August, and Cristiano [Ronaldo] since September.
“We’ve got loads to work on and we need to improve, we know that and I know that, but I do believe in this group of players and the coaching staff that I’ve got. So, the short answer is yes.
“I believe in these players, I believe in the coaching staff and I believe we have something going.
“The proof is in the pudding, we need results and you have to turn up.
“You can’t say ‘we did well against City and Tottenham last year’, we have to do it during the 90 minutes, whoever plays.
“That’s the challenge, because every game in the Champions League and Premier League is a big game against a good team and every game as Manchester United is a potential banana skin, as we’re expected to win every one.”
Meanwhile, journalist Fabrizio Romano has claimed the managerial situation at United ‘may change’ if results continue to fall flat.
“Manchester United expect results to improve, but the club have no plans to replace Solskjaer,” he said.
“There is no contact with other managers. They still think he’s the right fit for this project.
“Manchester United are not panicking and know Solskjaer will need time to improve the team, to start and rebuild the identity with Cristiano and adapt to him as the new key player.
“They also know Sancho and Varane will need time to adjust to the Premier League and Solskjaer is the man they want as manager.
“If the situation becomes worse in the coming weeks the managerial situation may change.”