Former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gus Poyet believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s status as a player at Manchester United is helping him keep his job.
Solskjaer is under tremendous amounts of pressure at Old Trafford following Sunday’s 5-0 battering at the hands of Liverpool and the club, as reported by the Manchester Evening News earlier this week, have considered sacking him.
Although no change in the dugout is now expected, certainly not before Saturday’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur, the pressure growing on United from the fans to make a change is intensifying, with more and more United supporters keen to see a change made.
In truth, Solskjaer may be considered fortunate to still be in a job, with the defeat to Liverpool now meaning that United have taken just one point from the last 12 on offer – a tally that simply isn’t good enough for a club of the Reds’ size.
With that said, Poyet, who did his coaching badges alongside Solskjaer, believes the Norwegian’s hopes of retaining his job are being helped by the fact he was such an important player for United during his playing days.
“It happens that Ole first is a sensational guy. I did the coaching course with him and he’s a terrific and lovable guy. He is such a good person, until it is difficult for you to make a decision like that,” Poyet told Radio Sport 890, as cited by ESPN Deportes.
“And he is also an idol of the club for many reasons, for playing so many years and for the goal he scored against Bayern Munich in the injury time for Manchester United to win the 1998-99 Champions League.
“That is helping him a little, if it had been any other coach, such as [Jose] Mourinho, [Louis] Van Gaal or David Moyes, they would surely have fired him this week.”
As reported by the Manchester Evening News on Monday, Italian boss Antonio Conte is open to replacing Solskjaer if he is shown the door, but there has been no contact between the two parties as of yet.