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Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, John Hartson has claimed Manchester United will stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the foreseeable future.
The Red Devils have endured a miserable start to the current campaign, gaining just nine points from their opening eight Premier League games. Their recent form is a far cry from the impressive beginning Solskjaer enjoyed when he first replaced Jose Mourinho, and speculation is mounting over whether the Norwegian has a long-term future at the club.
Now, Hartson has said the club’s previous failures with managers may force them to take a different approach with the current boss.
He told FFC: “Because of the appointment of Moyes, then Van Gaal, then Mourinho, they’ve had to pay out millions and millions in pay-offs.
“There’s been a little bit of criticism that they haven’t stuck with managers, so I do believe they will stick with Solskjaer.
“Now, whether he is the right man or not, I’m not sure. The jury’s out for me.
“I’m not sure whether he is the right man. But I do believe as a football club they’ll stick with him and go with him. I don’t think they’ll sack Solskjaer like the previous three.”
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The managerial scars at United do run deep. Ed Woodward’s shambolic record with appointing managers and then having to sack them speaks to a real lack of planning at the club at boardroom level. Because of everything that has happened before, it is almost irrelevant whether Solskjaer is still viewed as the right man for the job.
The Red Devils’ hierarchy desperately need the Norwegian to make a success of things, not just for the club, but for them too.
Their necks are very much on the line having appointed a manager whose previous experience included a stint with Molde and leading Cardiff to relegation from the Premier League. Not exactly the greatest track record for a United manager is it?
So as Hartson suggests, the club have essentially backed themselves into a corner, and they may feel they have no option but to ride or die with Solskjaer.