Questions are flooding in from different directions mostly from aggrieved fans of Manchester United concerning the Norwegian’s credentials after Manchester United lost their first UEFA Champions League Group F game against Swiss club and group’s whipping boys Young Boys. The game ended 2 goals to 1 in favor of the home side and is only their second win in the competition.
Before the game, Manchester United were tagged as favorites to triumph against the Swiss side but football, they say, isn’t predictable. It’s like a biscuit and nobody knows where it will crack.
The Red Devils took the lead courtesy of their recent acquisition, Cristiano Ronaldo, in the 13th minute of the game.
It was as if the goals would be coming in from the Premier League side but the reverse was the case when the fortune of the game was changed as Christopher Martins of Young Boys was recklessly fouled by Aaron Wan-Bassaka in the 35th minute which attracted straight red card.
The numerical disadvantage was a massive blow to the visitors. Manchester United couldn’t turn the game around after Wan-Bassaka was sent off.\
They eventually lost the tie to the home side. The loss ripped off the old wound and erupted the aggressions of Manchester followers. This was how it all started last season when they were unable to qualify from the group stage which later landed them in Europe’s second-tier club competition, Europa.
People have been asking questions whether the Norwegian is STILL the right fit for the big job at Manchester United or the club should improvise and make hay without further ado.
Lots of hot and cold moments have been endured, fans of the club are tentatively unsure whether the gaffer is the right fit or capable of coaching the club after 4years on the job.
About five managers have taken the job after Sir Alex’s reign including the current gaffer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the reflection of yesteryears still eludes them.
Since 2013 that Sir Alex Ferguson retired from the Red Devils’ job after 27 trophy-laden years, the club have since then fallen short of glory moments. They’ve spent truckloads of money to bring their glory days back.
in that time frame till now, they’ve splashed over £1billion in player acquisitions but all to no avail. The Red Devils haven’t been able to win the English Premier league and neither have they had any proximity to the UEFA Champions League trophy.
The only flash in the pan was Jose Mourinho’s Europa and League Cup success story in the 2016/17 season which to some Manchester United fans, is irrelevant.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spent about £400m since he took the job in 2018. In this time frame as Manchester United manager, there is nothing significant to show for the money spent.
On July 24th this year, the Manchester United hierarchy extended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s contract until 2024, with an option for a further year. This has been a major focal point of discussion for some Manchester United fans who are not enthralled with his managerial prowess.
United’s loss against Young Boys has placed them in a difficult position like last season and if care isn’t taken, history might repeat itself. Apart from Young Boys, They have two tougher adversaries to contend with, Atalanta and Villarreal.
The hurdle of these clubs must be crossed if they are to progress from the group stage. With the players and quality that abound at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer disposal, failure would be considered unacceptable.
He’s undoubtedly under pressure and millions of eyes are keenly watching, any failure outing in the UCL this season could spell doom and probably force him out of the job.