Anwar Ibrahim (Cairo)
Despite the series of poor results suffered by Manchester United, the latest of which was the 2-4 defeat by Leicester City in the eighth round of the English Premier League, the Norwegian coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is not threatened in his position, and will not be sacked, because he still has the confidence of the Council of Management of the “Red Devils”. This was confirmed by the British newspaper, The Athletic, citing its own sources.
The site said that Solskjaer is staying, even if his team has not won any of the last three matches in the league, despite the huge money spent on the recent “summer Mercato” deals.
The newspaper pointed out that the upcoming matches for “United” in the league are not easy, as 5 consecutive matches of the next 9 matches are very difficult, as the “Red Devils” will face the clubs of Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal, respectively.
Manchester United fell to fifth place in the “Premier League” standings, after the heavy defeat from Leicester City, whose players managed to turn the table against “United”, whose outcome also seems average in the Champions League, winning one game and losing another.
Solskjaer joined United in December 2018, as a temporary coach, then was appointed officially and permanently in the “spring of 2019”, and then signed a 3-year contract last July, with the option to add a fourth year, which means that he will remain with the team until the summer of 2024 on Less appreciate.
Solskjaer was not convincing in his justification of the defeat from Leicester City, as he said that his team was not at its best, and the focus was absent from a number of its players, noting that the four goals conceded by David de Gea were all naive errors.
He added: “Frankly, our performance was not up to our previous performance, when we achieved a long streak of unbeaten away from home.
Solskjaer admitted that he may have made bad decisions, and said: “We were not in a high “form” during the last three games and lost a lot of points, so we have to stop with ourselves and look at the reasons, and maybe we have to change some things.
With this latest defeat, United’s record of not losing outside their stadium stopped at 29 games (19 wins and 10 draws), so that the Leicester City match was the first game lost by the “Red Devils” outside its stadium since January 2020.