City clash could decide Solskjaer's fate at Manchester United

PUBLISHED: 10:46 09 October 2019 | UPDATED: 12:46 09 October 2019

Solskjaer's deteriorating relationship with a number of United's key names, including Paul Pogba, has been a massive part of his demise. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Solskjaer's deteriorating relationship with a number of United's key names, including Paul Pogba, has been a massive part of his demise. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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Manchester United are set to sack manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if he loses to Norwich City at the end of the month, the Sun is reporting.

United haven't started the season well, despite ploughing plenty of money into recruiting talent during the summer.

Solskjaer, a bonafide legend of the club, is treading on seemingly thin ice after a tepid opening eight fixtures have left the Red Devils languishing in 12th position.

Despite an apparent understanding that any rebuild will take time, it appears the United hierarchy are beginning to lose patience in Solskjaer, with the international break providing him with a stay of execution.

Prior to that Carrow Road trip on October 27th, United have a testing week starting with a fixture against league leaders Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Then, a European encounter against Partizan Belgrade follows, but it appears the pressure will be on the Norweigan when his side faces the Canaries.

Solskjaer was only given the job permanently in March after a positive run of form as the club's caretaker boss injected optimism back into the United faithful, namely an impressive Champions League comeback against PSG.

League form has been inconsistent since his permanent appointment, with United failing to record an away win since that aforementioned victory in Paris eight months ago.

United have already been beaten by Crystal Palace, West Ham and a struggling Newcastle United side so far this campaign.

The search for stability in the post-Alex Ferguson era has been unsuccessful to date.

Four managers have occupied the dugout at Old Trafford with Solskjaer posing the worst win percentage of those Ferguson successors.

Support from the terraces and boardroom seem to be rapidly diminishing, with the thought of losing to a newly promoted side enough to potentially end his reign at the club.

City have recorded some historic victories against United in recent history, including a 2-0 win at Carrow Road in 2005 courtesy of goals from Dean Ashton and Leon McKenzie.

That feat was repeated in 2012, with an Anthony Pilkington header the difference in a 1-0 win under Chris Hughton.

The Canaries have only managed one victory against the Red Devils since Ferguson's departure, that being a 2-1 win at Old Trafford in 2015.

Solskjaer's future will be the least of City's concerns at present, with a need to get points on the board pertinent after three straight Premier League defeats.

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