Manchester United seem to be on to a hiding to nothing with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
While he may have done well to get them back on track after the Jose Mourinho era, it seems clear that he is vastly underperforming considering the squad he has at his disposal. This team should be challenging for the title, something they are lightyears away from achieving at the moment.
It looks as though the club's board are satisfied with the manager, but should they be? It does not have to be a personal attack to say that Solskjaer simply doesn't match up with the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
Speaking on Sky Sports after the Liverpool loss, Jamie Carragher said that Manchester United simply must make a change of manager if they want to compete for the biggest honours in the game.
You say the club is stable. They won't make a decision now and I don't think they should, you can change 'stable' for 'they are terrified to make a change'.
They are terrified to bring someone in, like they did with van Gaal and Mourinho, and he's not a Manchester United guy. I think with the Manchester United board right now, I don't think it's a case of staying strong. I think it's a case of actually panicking and would you go back to somebody doing their own thing.
I'm not trying to be critical of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. I actually think he has done a really good job up until this point. But right at this point to take on Jurgen Klopp, Tuchel, and Guardiola, they meed a better manager.
I'm not saying that in a disrespectful way. On the back of that interview I felt for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he is managing the club he loves and this is the darkest day of his football career and he will never forget that...
This thing of asking for managers to be sacked, I'm not comfortable in saying that word 'sacked' or that he should go.
But when we talk about Manchester United as a team, we are comfortable with saying that Fred or McTominay is not good enough and they need a midfield player. So I don't feel too bad in saying Manchester United need a better manager.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not the manager for Manchester United. He has done really well, but you want someone to take them to the next level and take them to the league title or Champions League.
That is not being disrespectful.
One argument that has been in repeated in keeping Solskjaer in his role is that United have failed to sparkle when under the tutelage of what were thought to be world class managers in Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
Gary Neville made this point once again this evening, but Carragher said this is no excuse to not try and recruit a manager who is at the very peak of the game when it is clear that Solskjaer is not.
Gary 🗣 "Jose Mourinho was the best manager in the world when he came to United."
Carra 🗣 "So Man United shouldn't look for the best manager in the world because of Mourinho?"@GNev2 and @Carra23 argue whether a better manager would get more out of the squad pic.twitter.com/0A1SWcpIUt
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 24, 2021
Things would likely have to get a lot worse for United before the club's board opt to make a change.
Going down this route would only be delaying the inevitable.