Ole Gunna Solkjaer Escapes the Meseryside Curse
It is no longer news that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solkjaer is under huge pressure to deliver. He has had an abysmal start to this season with his team failing to live up to expectations with very inconsistent results.
in the Premier League, they languish at the 15th position, having failed to win a single league game at the theatre of dreams. They suffered embarrassing losses to Tottenham, Crystal Palace and most recently Arsenal. In the Champions league where they seemed to have been doing just fine, after beating French Champions PSG and thumping RB Leipzig, they suffered a setback after an embarrassing loss to Istanbul Basaksehir, a club that had never won a champions league game.
All these made the game against Everton very pivotal for OGS’s future at United. With many news outlet predicting that former Tottenham manager Maricio Pochettino is set to take the reins if United lose against the Toffees.
A trip to Goodison Park did not bode well for the once baby-faced, but now somewhat dour-faced assassin. This is because his last three predecessors have lost their jobs after losing a fixture in this part of town
On April 20, 2014, Sir Alex Ferguson’s hand picked successor and countryman David Moyes lost 2-0 to his old side and within days was giving his marching orders. The next manager who came in with even more pedigree Louis Van Gaal, suffered the same fate after being outclassed by the Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool side in the Europa League, he got his marching orders from Ed Woodward just after that.
Two years after that, the special one – Jose Mourinho also suffered the same fate after Xherdan Shaqiri ran United ragged at Anfield with a 3-1 win and that ended Jose’s term at the helm of affairs, with OGS being appointed as interim manager.
The interesting thing is that these sackings all happened 2 years apart, starting with Moyes in 2014, LVG in 2016 and Mou in 2018.
Two years after that in 2020, the same fate awaited OGS, but somehow an inspired performance from Man of the match Bruno Fernandez saved the Norwegian his job. United came from behind and showed resilience as the brushed aside an Everton team that started the season well, but have hit a blip following their blistering start to the season.
Is this the turning point for United? How long do you think Ole Gunnar Solkjaer will continue to remain as manager? Please let us know in the comment section below.