Sir Alex Ferguson has previously claimed patience is needed with Man Utd managers – and it seems Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given a little bit more time to try and avoid the sack
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be safe as Manchester United manager – for now.
The Norwegian is under serious pressure amid claims he has lost support in the dressing room after Sunday’s humiliating 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool.
United chiefs Richard Arnold and Ed Woodward held urgent talks with the Glazer family on Monday to discuss the situation but it is claimed they have decided to hold off on pulling the trigger for now.
And their decision to have some patience suggests they may finally have taken the advice of legendary former boss Sir Alex Ferguson regarding the managerial role.
Back in March 2016, when Louis van Gaal was under pressure, Ferguson was asked what he made of rumours he could be sacked.
Instead of calling for the Dutchman to be removed, he revealed his view that patience is crucial for United, even during tough times.
“It is dead easy to be critical,” Ferguson said at the time.
“You have to be realistic about some things – the number of injuries he has had: Phil Jones has played only seven games this season, Ashley Young, [Antonio] Valencia, [Luke] Shaw, these are big losses.
“It doesn’t matter which team you are, if you have players missing of that calibre it has to have an impact on the team.
“The other aspect which is always easy to forget there are also five new players in their first season at United, and two are young players in [Anthony] Martial and Memphis [Depay] and their promise is good.
“You have to have some patience being a Manchester United fan and they have shown that over the years; in Matt Busby’s time, in my time.
“For 150 years of history, it is worth having a couple of years on the quiet side of success because they will always come back and come back strong.”
Whilst Solskjaer clearly was expected to achieve instant success after their summer spending, the same point made by Ferguson applies in terms of integrating new players.
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And whilst there has been a short-term regression, United have made progress since the Norwegian first took charge.
Just two weeks after Ferguson’s comments on Van Gaal, the Dutchman was sacked.
But by holding fire on replacing Solskjaer, it seems United may finally be listening to Ferguson and realising hiring and firing is not always the best policy.