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When Manchester United could sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Young Boys defeat

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Manchester United went into Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with FC Young Boys on a high after beating Newcastle.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side instead slipped to a nightmare defeat in Switzerland. And, since then, calls for him to be sacked have arisen amongst fans and pundits alike.

Some Manchester United fans on social media called for Solskjaer’s head, with the Red Devils second-best throughout the match in Bern.

And talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy also chimed in, saying: “That there, shows he’s utterly clueless.

“Young Boys are normally whipping boys of European football and United get rolled over 2-1… it was a disasterclass, it was an absolute disaster.

“It exposed Ole, it did badly. I’d sack him. We know what’s coming, don’t we? You’ve got Antonio Conte out there…

“Who’s the better manager? There will be a stage in the season where they’ll be like ‘I wish we did it earlier.’”

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But while some supporters want Solskjaer gone, that isn’t going to happen just yet.

Of course it isn’t. One defeat isn’t everything, after all.

Have United made progress under Solskjaer? Yes. Are they better than when he took over? Yes. Is the squad improved? Yes.

Then there’s the biggest statement of all, United’s decision to give the Norwegian a contract extension back in the summer.

That was a sign the Glazers are happy with the 48-year-old, even though he’s yet to steer them to the trophies they crave.

So, for now, Solskjaer isn’t going anywhere.

However, it’ll be curious to see how things play out. Because history suggests the Glazers, if the Norwegian fails to get this team fully firing, won’t hesitate to intervene.

At the moment, let’s face it, that’s likely to be at the end of the campaign.

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And Champions League football, rather than trophies, will be the biggest factor of all.

The Glazers only sacked Jose Mourinho in December 2018 because of the doom and gloom mood around the place.

They’d previously been willing to give the current Roma boss until the end of the season to show he had what it takes to turn their dire situation around.

But with Paul Pogba and other players all struggling, and unhappy, they decided to bring the decision forward instead.

However, in previous years, it’s only when Champions League football is beyond them when they’ve chosen to intervene.

They axed David Moyes with four games left to play after it was mathematically impossible to qualify for that competition.

And they relieved Louis van Gaal of his duties two years later after United had finished fifth in the Premier League table.

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So that means Solskjaer can, at least, expect to be given until the end of the campaign.

As stated above, they certainly won’t be sacking him anytime soon. And it’s only history that, at present, really suggests he’s got a timeline on his head.

Unless he angers the dressing room – something that seems unfeasible given his popularity – fans can expect him to still be leading the team in May.

If they’re on course for trophies, supporters will be delighted.

Top four, not so much. But that’s what the Glazers deem a success these days and, as long as the money keeps coming in, things won’t change.

Now, the onus is on Solskjaer to guide his side to where they used to be. He’s capable of it, his team have shown that at times, but consistency is now the key. 

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Three Man United youngsters impressing Erik ten hang in training, with new boss shocked by one

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Erik ten Hag has only been coaching at Manchester United for a couple of days – but there are already three youngsters reportedly impressing their new boss.

The Dutchman has a good record of promoting youth players into the first team, which is something he did so well at Ajax.

And there is a trio of teenagers at Old Trafford who want to follow in the footsteps of Sergino Dest, Jurrien Timber, Ryan Gravenberch and Noa Lang, who were all given opportunities by Ten Hag in the first team of his former club.

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The Sun report that Zidane Iqbal is one of those, having signed a new contract at the Premier League side earlier this summer.

The 19-year-old, who made his first-team debut against Young Boys in the Champions League last December, has ‘shocked’ his new boss, who could be set for more minutes under the Dutch boss.

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Argentine winger Alejandro Garnacho is another who has caught Ten Hag’s eye in training, after scoring twice in the FA Youth Cup final against Nottingham Forest last season.

Garnacho, 18, trained with the Argentina senior squad earlier this year, having made two sub appearances for United.

He was also given Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick ball after his treble against Norwich.

Hannibal Mejbri, 19, made a number of appearances towards the end of last season – including a fiery performance in the club’s heavy defeat to Liverpool.

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And he is another academy graduate who Ten Hag could throw into the first-team fold, especially with Ronaldo reportedly wanting to leave the club.

To expect any of that trio to immediately replace the wantaway superstar would be unrealistic.

But, give it a few years, and United could have the next Ronaldo on their hands.

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Erik Ten Hag demands Man Utd ‘be fast’ about getting £43m signing over the line

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Erik ten Hag has told Man Utd to hurry up over a potential deal to sign Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez, according to reports.

The Red Devils are looking for a new centre-back this summer to give Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane some competition.

Man Utd have been linked with a number of defenders but a potential transfer for Martinez seems to have legs with a number of respected journalists revealing Ten Hag’s interest in a deal.

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The Argentina international was one of Ajax’s best players under Ten Hag last season with the 24-year-old playing 37 times in all competitions for the Eredivisie champions.

Ajax have been holding out for €50m (£43m) for Martinez but reports yesterday indicated they are ‘willing to cooperate’ with Man Utd after the Red Devils put an offer of €41m plus €4m in add-ons on the table.

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And that will be music to Ten Hag’s ears with journalist Fabrizio Romano claiming that the Dutchman has told Man Utd ‘to be fast’ over sealing a deal for Martinez with competition coming from fellow Premier League side Arsenal.

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It is understood that Martinez is ‘pushing to leave Ajax’ this summer and Ten Hag wants the Argentine as his next signing after Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia.

Arsenal are described as ‘still there’ in the race for Martinez but Romano adds that Man Utd boss Ten Hag ‘wants him strongly’.

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Barcelona do not want to sign Ronaldo, Lewandowski is the priority

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Following the meeting between Barcelona and super-agent Jorge Mendes on Monday, there has been non-stop speculation that the Catalans have been offered a chance to sign Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 37-year-old is intent on securing an exit from Old Trafford this summer, just a year after returning to his old stomping ground.

The lack of Champions League football and the failure to sign any players so far have been cited as reasons for the Portuguese maverick to seek a move.

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There have been talks with Chelsea, while a move to Bayern Munich has also been mooted. And following the meeting between his agent Mendes and Barcelona president Joan Laporta, it is being heavily speculated that Ronaldo has been offered to the Blaugrana.

However, as per a report from journalist David Bernabeu Reverter, there is zero chance that Barcelona will sign Ronaldo this summer.

The Spanish journalist claims that Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski remains the utmost priority for the Blaugrana this summer and their stance on the matter is non-negotiable.

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Barça have been pursuing Lewandowski for months and even have a three-year contract agreement in place with the Poland captain.

However, Bayern Munich’s unwillingness to negotiate with the Catalans is proving to be a major hurdle.

In spite of that, the Blaugrana remain intent on signing Lewandowski and are not considering bringing in Ronaldo, as per the aforementioned update.

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Despite being 37, Ronaldo remains in tremendous shape and scored 24 goals in all competitions last season. However, he has a rich history with Real Madrid.

The Portugal captain is Los Blancos’ all-time leading goalscorer and a club legend. So, it is hard to fathom that a move to Camp Nou can materialise.

As things stand, at least according to what David Bernabeu Reverter’s sources are stating, Lewandowski is the absolute priority for Barcelona.

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