TalkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino has suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in no doubt of the size of Manchester United’s upcoming fixture against Liverpool – hinting that a heavy defeat could spell the end of his time as United boss.
United are in a desperate run of form at the moment, winning just twice in the Premier League all season and go into the game against flawless Liverpool having taken only a point from their last three league games.
Cascarino fears that a heavy defeat at Old Trafford when Jurgen Klopp’s all-conquering Reds visit after the international break could be the final straw for the Norwegian, who has overseen United’s worst start to a season for 30 years.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, he said: “Ole is not looking past Liverpool. He knows, and he’s spoken in recent days of this game coming up. If they got humiliated, he knows that that could be the end of his tenure as manager of Manchester United.
“When you’re a manager and you’re getting to that one-game scenario and things have been really bad, the international break is a good time for it to happen, but it would never be out the realms of possibility if you get beat by Liverpool, and in a convincing way, [Solskjaer could be sacked].”
Should Solskjaer be dismissed following the Liverpool game, his departure would mirror that of Jose Mourinho, who was sacked after losing at Anfield in December.
Though given the current form of both sides, defeat for the Red Devils may not be totally surprising – and may not provide further grounds on which to sack the manager.
There is, of course, the added pressure that may come with facing their main rivals, and with United no longer vying for the championship in the same vein as Liverpool, it may be humiliating should the Reds stamp their authority by taking all the points at Old Trafford.
Whether that changes the state of play with regards to Solskjaer’s future remains to be seen, but unless circumstances change in the interim, there is surely not much for the United hierarchy to gain if they fire Solskjaer in the event of losing to the runaway league leaders.
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