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Manchester United boss ‘will not be sacked’ despite poor run of form

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Manchester United Head Coach / Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on October 16, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United are not planning on sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer despite their miserable run of form and results.

Prior to Saturday’s defeat to Leicester City, United had won just twice in their last six fixtures, with both of those wins requiring late winners following disappointing performances against West Ham and Villarreal.

The Red Devils did take the lead in the East Midlands through Mason Greenwood’s superb strike, but were often at sixes and sevens at the back, with the returning Harry Maguire looking particularly poor throughout on his latest return to the King Power Stadium, the former Leicester man getting caught on the ball in the buildup to Youri Tielemans leveller.

Caglar Soyuncu poked Leicester into the lead with 12 minutes to play before Marcus Rashford lashed his side level in the 82nd, only for Jamie Vardy to restore the Foxes’ advantage just 15 seconds after the restart following more slack defending.

Patson Daka added a fourth in stoppage time to confirm the defeat and pile pressure onto Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who admitted after the game that he ‘might have to change’ his side in the pursuit of results.

“Lately we have not been in great form, lost too many points and that is something we have to look at. We might have to change, do we need more legs in there? What do we need?

“I have got many good players. Fred, Edinson Cavani, you miss them. I am not making excuses for the team I put out there, they are top footballers and we have not produced.

“It says everything our best player was David [de Gea] but we still conceded four goals.

“We have to dust ourselves off. Make sure that when we come in again, freshen our minds, we’ve looked ourselves in the mirror, I’ve looked myself in the mirror, and make sure we perform. That is the nature of football, you have to respond to setbacks.”

Despite the run of form and worrying displays, The Athletic report that Solskjaer’s position at the club is not under threat, and the Norwegian ‘will not be sacked’ in the wake of the defeat.

They say that the former striker has ‘a lot of credit in the bank at board level’ following his stabilisation of the club since taking over from Jose Mourinho, initially as a caretaker, back in December 2018.

However, United midfielder Paul Pogba was critical of the side’s recent performances following the defeat to Leicester, with his side now facing a tough-looking set of fixtures, with games against Tottenham, Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea all to come before the end of November as well as three Champions League fixtures.

It remains to be seen if that unwavering support will remain if results continue to slide.

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