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Solskjaer may be gone but there are deeper problems at Manchester United

After Manchester United's 4-1 thrashing at Vicarage Road against Watford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came up to the travelling United fans and apologized. He held his hands up apologetically after another horrid display. Little did he know that it was his last act as Machester United manager.




On Sunday the inevitable happened. Everyone knew it was coming. Even Solskjaer would have seen it coming. It was only a matter of when not if. He should have got the sack after the City defeat. But the board stuck by him hoping that he would turn it around again as he did in the past. But this time there was nothing he could do. So, the board was forced to act.


On Saturday, we saw another United performance that we got accustomed to under Solskjaer. Clueless in possession, can't defend transitions, no fluidity in their passing, can't break a team down. It is a team of individuals which relies on individual brilliance to win games.


It was clear that this is the end of the road for Solskjaer. He has done whatever he can to get United back on track. He took over a team that was in shambles, created by Jose Mourinho and got them playing. He guided them to 3rd and 2nd in the league in successive seasons. Although he spent a lot of money, that is a great achievement with the squad that he had. Perhaps this was his limit and United need a better manager to take them to the next level.


With another manager sacked, the focus has to shift to the owners and the people running the club. Even Solskjaer's appointment two and a half years ago was done purely on emotion rather than ability. It was done just to satisfy the fans rather than for the benefit of the club.


From a financial point of view, this is still the biggest club in the world. But from a footballing perspective, it has lagged behind Chelsea, Machester City and Liverpool for many years. This is because the board is more concerned about marketing strategies and sponsorship deals than performances on the pitch.




CEO Ed Woodward, who is an investment banker, is in charge at Old Trafford while the Glazers sit far away in America. Woodward is a symbol of everything wrong at United post the Ferguson era. He will leave at the end of the season and his likely successor Richard Arnold isn't looking much different.


The signing of Cristiano Ronaldo is a great example. United didn't need him and he doesn't fit the profile that Ole wants either. He was seen as more of a marketing product that would increase shirt sales and gain some social media followers. He was signed to just focus the blame away from the Glazers and Woodward after the European Super League debacle. After Ronaldo arrived, Solskjaer was forced to play him every game and United started struggling.


Solskjaer signed a new contract in August until 2024 and United now have to pay him a severance package of £7.5m. The situation was the same with Mourinho, Van Gaal and Moyes. Woodward might gave got it wrong once but the same has happened for three others which shows his incompetency. United have now spent £38m sacking managers since Sir Alex Ferguson left.




Some of the blame has to be directed at the players too. Many of them had a very poor start to this season including captain Harry Maguire. There were many individual errors we've seen this season that have led to goals. The players need to pull their socks up considering the huge wages they're on.


Whoever may be the next manager, they have got a lot of work to do. So, Ole's not at the wheel anymore. Bu the problems at the core of the club remain.

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