It was less than a month ago that Solskjaer had been sacked as Manchester United manager after overseeing one win in 12 games. The Norwegian has since won four of his first six league matches, including the 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Saturday which moves them back into second place. He’s also helped make the Red Devils exciting again and their supporters are backing him to do more good things for them this season.,
The “solskjaer” is a man who has saved his job before. Here’s 11 times he turned things around.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may still have his hands on the wheel for the time being, but it seems like he is battling for his job at Manchester United once again.
United has won only two of its past seven games overall, with the most recent being Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool in front of a startled home crowd at Old Trafford. The loss fueled additional speculation over Solskjaer’s future, with many fans and analysts viewing the team’s pathetic performance as the last straw for the Norwegian coach.
According to ESPN’s Rob Dawson and Mark Ogden, Solskjaer has been given permission to stay as manager, but he has been warned that his position is still in jeopardy due to board differences about his probable replacement.
But, as we’ve seen in the past, including at Barcelona in 1999, Solskjaer has a habit of pulling a huge result out of the bag just when it’s most required. He did it as a player, and now he’s doing it as United’s manager, potentially saving his job on many occasions.
Solskjaer has pulled off spectacular comebacks in the Champions League, crucial league matches, and Manchester derbies, and he might do it again in the coming weeks as United prepare for a difficult triple-header against Tottenham Hotspur, Atalanta, and Manchester City.
Ole has only been in charge of United on a regular basis for two and a half years, but it’s really remarkable how many times he’s regained control of the steering wheel just when it seemed he was drifting crazily off the road.
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This was, undoubtedly, the outcome that landed Solskjaer a full-time job. United fell 2-0 at Old Trafford in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 series against Paris Saint-Germain only three months after interim manager Jose Mourinho was fired. Few predicted them to come back from a 2-0 hole in the second leg, only for United to play out of their skin in Paris. Marcus Rashford’s 94th-minute penalty gave United a 3-1 victory in front of a startled Parc des Princes crowd. The result earned Solskjaer a three-year deal and a place in the quarterfinals. In a delirious postgame interview, Rio Ferdinand urged his old club to let Solskjaer write his own contract and Gary Neville asked him where he wanted his monument put up after United’s shocking triumph in Paris.
How long do you want your contract to be? What do you wish to earn as a salary? What location would you want your monument to be placed? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets the tough questions from @GNev2! #UCL #MUFC #PSGMUN pic.twitter.com/drUsFRfbao https://t.co/0OKMYBJ8Ca#beINUCL #UCL #MUFC #PSGMUN
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United finished the 2018-19 season in sixth position in the Premier League, 32 points behind champions Manchester City, after an abysmal six-game winless run that concluded in a final-day home loss to relegated Cardiff City. Many thought Solskjaer’s magic had worn off by the start of the 2019-20 season, but any doubts were dispelled when United opened the season with a 4-0 thrashing of top-four opponents Chelsea in Frank Lampard’s first game in command. United subsequently drew with Wolves and Southampton before losing to Crystal Palace and West Ham in their following three league games, but the superb performance against Chelsea bought their manager additional time.
Former and current United managers clashed at Old Trafford as Mourinho returned to the club for the first time since his dismissal in December. It was Mourinho’s fourth game in charge of Spurs, and the Portuguese was naturally eager to pull one up on his previous club by asserting his authority over the amiable young coach who had been appointed in his stead. With the previous month’s setback at Bournemouth still fresh in their minds, Solskjaer’s lively team came away with a 2-1 win due to a brace from Rashford.
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