Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at Manchester United is hanging in the balance following a shocking Champions League elimination.
Manchester United failed to overcome RB Leipzig in their Champions League decider, succumbing to a 3-2 defeat on Tuesday night to cross over to the Europa League knock-out stage. Even though the Red Devils will have a chance to land a European trophy, it’s hard to imagine any United fan looking forward to their team’s upcoming Europa League challenges.
A painful Champions League exit has raised many eyebrows, with the club’s supporters already asking for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s head. Though many of them would like to see Mauricio Pochettino replace the Norwegian in the dugout, the Red Devils board has already made it clear they will continue to back the under-fire manager.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit back at Mino Raiola in his post-match press conference last night, after Manchester United got knocked out of the Champions League.
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As reported by the Daily Mail, Manchester United chiefs are confident Solskjaer will be a long-term success. The club has been struggling for stability ever since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho have all failed to live up to high standards set by the legendary Scotsman.
There’s, however, no doubt Solskjaer will be under great scrutiny when Manchester United take on cross-town rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford this weekend. The three-time European Cup winners will be under pressure to deliver against Pep Guardiola’s side, as the outcome of that clash could prove decisive to the 47-year-old’s future.
With Pochettino waiting in the wings, many are already praying for United to underperform against City.
A spring without Champions League football could inflict further damage on Manchester United’s crippled finances. The Red Devils are already dealing with financial difficulties as the coronavirus pandemic has put the squeeze on the club’s budget.
United could still mitigate the damage should they manage to emulate 2017 when they went all the way to win the Europa League under Jose Mourinho. Indeed, lifting the trophy in Europe’s second-tier competition will see the winner pocket around £70million, which added to the £53million they banked from the Champions League group stage could be a significant financial injection.