Manchester United players think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has two games to save his job despite the club briefing he’s safe, according to reports.
The Norwegian was backed extensively during the summer transfer window. But the Red Devils have failed to kick on since then, winning just two of their last seven matches across all competitions.
Manchester United spent lavishly on Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo back in the summer.
But, despite those big investments, they appear to be regressing by the game under Solskjaer’s watch.
United have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions, leading to scrutiny on their former striker’s position at the club.
And The Sun say there’s a disagreement going on behind the scenes.
It’s claimed United have been briefing that Solskjaer won’t be sacked and remains the trusted one when it comes to steering the club back to the top of the Premier League table.
But members of the Red Devils’ squad are said to think otherwise.
Some are said to believe that Solskjaer has just two games to save his job, starting with tonight’s Champions League clash with Atalanta.
Should they lose at Old Trafford this evening, they’d face an uphill fight to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
And United then face Liverpool on Sunday, where they’ll go up against a Reds side operating at the peak of their powers.
A source is quoted as saying: “Some of the players think Solskjaer has two games and that if United don’t win these two games, he could leave.
“They’re such important matches for the club in the Champions League and Premier League.
“It is a bad situation at the moment. It’s hard to see a big future for Solskjaer if United don’t win these games.”
United players supposedly expressed concerns over Solskjaer’s suitability for the job when they lost to Leicester back in March.
They lost 3-1 in their FA Cup clash, ending their chances of winning the tournament in the process.
And, now, the mood is said to be described as ‘similar’.
United have gone through three permanent managers already in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson walked off into the sunset back in 2013.
David Moyes was the Scot’s successor but lasted just 10 months, losing his job after failing to guide them to a top four finish.
After Moyes, came Louis van Gaal.
And though the Dutchman won the FA Cup, he was brutally sacked after two years in charge after the club again missed out on Champions League football.
United were convinced they were onto a winner when they recruited Jose Mourinho in 2016.
Yet despite winning the Carabao Cup and Europa League, he was sacked in December 2018 after losing the support of both the players and the board.
Solskjaer is adamant he’s improved United, but knows results must improve.
He told reporters on Tuesday: “We’ve progressed over the years.
“Sixth when I was here for half a season, then third, second, you can see the progress, the development, the improvement.
“This season, we still want to improve. We’ve signed some players that have raised expectations.
“Other teams have signed players and improved as well. We’re in the same boat as all of the top teams.
“There’s pressure all of the time; there’s pressure on me, of course. We’ve been under pressure before but come through it.
“I’m just looking forward to the response now, and, as you said, I’m in dialogue with the club all of the time, so that’s an open and honest discussion.
“After every game, we look through the game, we analyse the game, we look at what we did well and what we didn’t do well. You move on quickly to the next opponent.
“It’s Atalanta, it’s a different opposition, a different competition, and we focus on what we need to be good at in this game.”