Manchester United have had a tumultuous season which is all set to come to an end today. However, reports have suggested that there is still pressure on the side as if they lose to Cardiff, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be sacked.
Solskjaer was appointed interim manager of United, replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm in December.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets off to a great start
His stint in the United hot seat began in spectacular fashion. Under his watchful eyes, the Red Devils defeated the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham and gained ground in the race for the top four.
A remarkable run in the Champions League meant Solskjaer was awarded the job on a permanent basis.
2 wins in 10 leave United in a quandary
However, things have taken an ugly turn since. United find themselves slumped in sixth place in the league. They will miss out on Champions League football next season and all is not well at Old Trafford.
United have won just 2 of their last 10 games and their latest draw to Huddersfield ended their top four hopes.
What’s next for Solskjaer?
Now, it appears if Solskjaer is to keep his job, the Red Devils cannot afford a slip-up against already relegated Cardiff.
Former Arsenal star Paul Merson believes that Solskjaer could be shown the exit. This, if they fail to win their final league game of the season.
“Nothing surprises me in football, if they lost to Cardiff who knows what would happen. I wouldn’t know. I don’t see Solskjaer being on a Mourinho contract. where you’d have to pay £15m to get him out of it – I think there’ll be serious meetings if they don’t win this game.
“You’d have to seriously think if they’re not wiping the floor with Cardiff, they’ve made a mistake. If he’d had this run at the start, would he be permanent manager now? No, he wouldn’t.”
It looks unlikely that United would sack the Norwegian so quickly into his tenure. He will likely be given at least one transfer window to prove his worth.
United are set for a major squad rebuild in the summer, with a number of first-team stars likely to be axed.