Ole Gunnar Solskjær stays to take charge of Manchester United’s game at Tottenham on Saturday after the club followed Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice and gave the manager a chance to turn fortunes around.
Ferguson, Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold threw their support behind Solskjær after United’s 5-0 humiliation by Liverpool and the taking of one point from the past four games. Joel Glazer, the co-chairman who heads the American family’s ownership, makes the final decisions and agreed the manager should continue.
Ferguson made one of his infrequent visits to United’s training ground on Tuesday in an apparent show of support for Solskjær, who was also at Carrington after the players had Monday off. Solskjær was mentored by Ferguson as a coach at United from 2007-10 and played under him for more than 10 years. Ole Gunnar Solskjær completed the training session at Carrington today, Sir Alex Ferguson was there too. Feeling around the staff is the same: he’s staying. #MUFC Manchester United are prepared to give him another chance with Tottenham & potentially for Atalanta/City games.
The Manchester United Board argued that Solskjær should continue, having backed him during other turbulent moments since he took over in December 2018. Glazer, who has five family members on the 12-person board of directors listed by United, will decide for how long the 48-year-old should remain. He runs United from his Florida base.
Antonio Conte is open to discussing any vacancy and the former Chelsea manager is waiting to see how events unfold. He is not usually keen to take a job mid-season but would make an exception for United, which he regards as a special club. Names like Zinedin Zidane is also popping up.
In July United gave Solskjær a contract extension to 2024 with an option for an extra year and his assistant Mike Phelan signed a new deal to 2024 this month.
Ole also spoke to players today. Next games will be crucial.
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