Tony Cascarino has suggested that Manchester United could axe manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if Manchester United are handsomely beaten by Liverpool later this month.
Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Old Trafford after the international break on October 20 with Man United currently 12th in the Premier League standings and without a win in their last three league outings.
Newcastle, who had won just one game all season before Sunday, beat the Red Devils at the weekend and pressure has been mounting on Solskjaer to turn things around at Old Trafford amid a horrid start to the campaign.
Ex-Millwall striker Cascarino reckons that it could be curtains for the Norwegian manager if United are humbled at home by their biggest rivals.
“He’s got to show tactically that he can set up a team to do a number on Liverpool,” said Cascarino, as shown via talkSPORT’s official Twitter account on Wednesday morning.
“Ole is not looking forward or past Liverpool.
“If they get humiliated, he knows that could the end of his tenure as manager of Man United.
“When you’re a manager and you’re getting into a position that you get to that ‘one-game scenario’ when things have been really bad, the international break is a good time for it to happen.
“It would never be out of the realms of possibility.
“If you get beat by Liverpool and in a convincing way…”
"Ole has to find a way of stopping Liverpool & finding a threat." ?
"Solskjaer knows if they get humiliated that could be the end for him." ?
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Cascarino might be right, although Man United have gotten through so many managers since Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign came to an end that the club’s hierarchy might be more willing to stick by Solskjaer. The former Cardiff and Molde manager did do a good job at steadying the ship when he returned to Old Trafford last season in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s exit. However he should not have been seen as someone more than a stop-gap, an interim manager who would finish off the campaign while Ed Woodward searches for a suitable replacement with experience. Solskjaer’s record at Cardiff should have spoken for itself but club chiefs are blinded by short-termism these days. Imagine if Klopp wasn’t allowed to have more than a couple of years to win a trophy? Would Liverpool be European champions and favourites to win the Premier League title? Probably not. It’s great to see the meltdown at Old Trafford from Merseyside and the Reds’ upcoming match against United should be a routine win based on recent results.