Any manager who loses 5-0 at home to a fierce rival should face serious scrutiny about his or her future.
That scrutiny is intensified for a Manchester United manager. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, too, can't ignore this as a fluke. United have only picked up one point in the last four Premier League games. the Norwegian tactician seems to be out of his depth.
There is little possibility he can turn things around, and United's season risks descending to new lows. So, why hasn't Solskjaer already been fired? It's a difficult question to answer, but there are reasons why United are reluctant to act.
Sense of Loyalty
United are still clinging to the sentiment that brought Solskjaer the job in the first place. The Norwegian is a United fan, and therefore, the club wants to treat him with respect, regardless of the outcome. This implies Solskjaer will be given more time than he deserves Before acting, the club would wait for the situation to get worse. They believe Solskjaer should be given more time to rectify the situation.
Refusing to give up
United's board gave Solskjaer a new contract in the summer and extended his staff's contract barely a month ago. The club will not want to give up on Solskjaer so quickly because it would be an admission of failure. Ed Woodward is departing United at the end of the year, and he hoped to do so in a strong, solid situation, full of hope for the future.
Instead, his most recent failure has spectacularly fallen apart, adding to his disastrous legacy. But he just isn't ready to admit it yet, and the board will be hopeful that this is just a fluke that Solskjaer will be able to overcome, despite evidence to the contrary.
Waiting for a better time
To get a new manager off to a good start, it's often a good idea to give him a soft run of games. For Solskjaer, it worked. Bringing in a new manager ahead of games against Tottenham Hotspur, Atalanta, and Manchester City might backfire, putting the incoming manager under early pressure. So there are 2 options.
(A) Hold out until after the international break, when a new manager will have more time to settle and get to know his players.
(B) Wait until December, when United's fixture calendar eases up with games against Palace and Norwich, after games against Villarreal and Chelsea.
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