It was only four games into Solskjaer’s second stint as Manchester United manager. And it was already too soon to take any stock of his ability to guide the club back to the Premier League title, let alone demand public support for him long-term. Not even after a win over Cardiff in his opening match in charge against bitter rival Liverpool. Not after Saturday’s humiliating surrender to Tottenham, again in his debut season in charge of the club.
Solskjaer was fired on Friday night only hours after the seventh defeat of his second spell in charge. Supporters of the club called for him to quit after Manchester United succumbed to Harry Kane’s last-minute penalty and a 6-1 defeat that stretched its winless streak to nine matches in all competitions.
It was, indeed, an inauspicious start.
And now United have stepped up the process of reassessing everything, from the continued uncertainty over the future of Cristiano Ronaldo and the thoughtless comments by Paul Pogba questioning the dedication of Solskjaer, to how Solskjaer got the support of fans and players, to answer doubters that the club was too slow to back the manager and letting his first two matches in charge become an embarrassing comedown from the triumphs of his first stint.
After a whirlwind post-match interview in which Solskjaer lashed out at what he felt was an overreaction of the crowd to his players’ poor display against Tottenham and their supporters cheered his appointment as his players were beaten on the field, the immediate post-match press conference of the United players seemed more focused on the immediate task at hand — and the manager’s sacking a short time later was far from the strangest possibility that the summer would bring.
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