As soon as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was hired by Man Utd, attention quickly turned to how long he would remain in the job. Would he struggle to make an impact and move on quickly? Would he make it to the end of his six-month contract? Or would he maybe even get offered the full-time post at Old Trafford?
A few weeks on, it’s clear that, at the very least, Solskjaer is likely to make it to the end of his contract, but beyond that? Nobody knows.
However, we could have a far better idea in a few weeks, as Man Utd’s upcoming timeline could prove to be instrumental in determining the future of their new manager.
Over the course of the next two months, Man Utd are set to take part in a number of fixtures that could prove to be their toughest of the season so far. Tottenham are coming up, of course, but thereafter, ties against Arsenal, PSG, Liverpool, PSG again, Arsenal again and finally Man City are on the horizon – with the final game coming on the 16th of March.
By that point, we’ll be closer to the end of the season, and with so many tough tests, Man Utd will be able to know whether their manager can handle the pressure. It’s all well and good beating small teams, of course, but the real test comes when big rivals come to town – and the Red Devils have plenty of those to deal with going forward. This is, of course, in addition to all the other games against smaller sides that are mixed in amongst this set of fixtures.
If the manager does well in these games, it’ll be impossible for Man Utd not to give him the job long-term. However, if he struggles, their decision could be made for them, with the manager perhaps not up to the task.
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