How the Glazers have reacted to Man United’s horror start
Could Manchester United be sucked into this season’s Premier League relegation dogfight?
That previously unthinkable situation is now a real fear for those at Old Trafford.
After 8 matches this season, Man United are just two points clear of the relegation zone.
And, according to reporter Duncan Castles, speaking on his Transfer Window podcast, the Glazers have now reacted to United’s poor start to the campaign.
Duncan Castles has revealed that the Glazers have arranged a previously unscheduled meeting with Ed Woodward during this international break.
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— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) October 7, 2019
Glazers schedule Ed Woodward meeting – why?
The Sunday Times reporter has analysed the significance of this meeting, saying:
I think this is very interesting and important information, because we’ve seen the Glazers’ key representative Ed Woodward talking to investors recently and saying the club had faith in (Ole Gunnar) Solskjaer, that they felt the rebuild he had started had begun well, that they had a good summer transfer window.
He essentially told the people who have the greatest interest in the financial performance of the club that they were happy with the way the direction was going.
Independent of that you had the club, quite aggressively, briefing in support of Solskjaer despite what has been an extremely poor start to the season, a historically poor run of results since March.
But now what you have an indication of now is Ed Woodward and the board are thinking ‘something is wrong here’.
These results, these performances, losing to Newcastle United, barely managing to get past Rochdale in the League Cup, struggling at home against Astana in the Europa League.
The numbers are appalling – two wins in the last 13 Premier League games, only scored more than one goal in one game of their last 17 matches, worst league start in over 30 years, 11 games without an away win and a very difficult fixture list coming up.
What if Man United lose heavily to Liverpool?
When the Premier League restarts after the international break, the headline match is Man United versus Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Liverpool, of course, are 8 points clear of champions Man City following 8 successive wins at the start of the season.
In the Times on Tuesday, journalist
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears that his position at Manchester United will come under intense pressure if his team are heavily defeated by Liverpool in their next match.
The Times also understands that some senior members of the United hierarchy were dismayed by the manner of Sunday’s defeat against Newcastle United and are wondering how much longer they can allow the situation to continue.
While the Times are floating the possibility of Solskjaer getting the sack after Liverpool, it’s worth noting that the broadsheet also indicate that Solskjaer won’t lose his job during this international break.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears that his position at Manchester United will come under intense pressure if his team are heavily defeated by Liverpool in their next match | @hirstclass https://t.co/YwrKBejMoj
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) October 8, 2019
Man United’s efforts to sign Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino is under contract at Tottenham until 2023.
However, the Spurs manager is being linked to Man United in the event that OGS is sacked.
The Telegraph have looked at the chances of Pochettino leaving Spurs for Old Trafford:
A name regularly linked with Manchester United, including last season before Solskjaer got the nod. And with Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham going through arguably the bumpiest patch of their five-year plus relationship, the pieces of the puzzle could finally fit together.
How events unfold in north London over the coming months may also mean United not having to pay a hefty compensation fee either.
Mauricio Pochettino, Massimiliano Allegri, Erik Ten Hag…Arsene Wenger?
Who are the current contenders to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United if he is axed | @PippaField23https://t.co/7Px9ZomMud
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 7, 2019
At the same time, during an extended interview with Man United YouTube channel ‘Full Time Devils’, Duncan Castles has also investigated the chances of Pochettino becoming the new United manager.