A mysterious Manchester United player thought Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be sacked after the club’s poor start to the season, according to Duncan Castles.
United’s form in the Premier League has not been good with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and the beating by Spurs raises question marks over Norway’s future.
The recent 3-1 win over Everton eased the pressure at Old Trafford, but doubts remain Solskjaer’s long-term prospects at United.
Mauricio Pochettino is heavily associated with the replacement of Solskjaer, while Italy boss Roberto Mancini is believed to have been on United’s watch list.
And transfer guru Castles says at least one anonymous United player thinks Solskjaer is going to lose his job.
“At least one senior player, who was recently asked about the situation, said he expects Solskjaer to be dismissed soon,” Castles said. Transfer Window podcast.
“The feeling he had within the club was that he was coming to the end of his tenure and that he would not be unhappy, in terms of improving performances and giving the team a better chance of succeeding in the Premier League and the Champions League, if he that’s about to happen.
“From a pure sports perspective, he thought that would be a good idea.”
Woodward could still hang Ole out to dry
United’s executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, said so he felt “totally committed” to Solskajer’s rise last week.
Woodward was speaking in the middle of releasing the club’s latest accounts.
However, Castles also warned that Woodward could still hang Solskjaer out to dry if the results turn sour.
Castles on the Transfer Window Podcast asked: “What did Woodward actually say?
“He said ‘on the pitch, while there is still great work ahead of us to achieve complete consistency, we remain fully committed to the positive path we are under at Ole as the team continues to develop’ .
“Yeah, you can read that as he is totally committed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“But you can also read it because they are fully committed to the positive path they are on, and you can almost put ‘under Ole’ in brackets.
“We are not ‘fully committed to Solskjaer as a manager’, it is fully committed to what they describe as a positive path.”
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