Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp reaction
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Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly told Manchester United to give his former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the chance to turn things around against Tottenham. Despite intensive speculation regarding the manager’s future, the Red Devils are now expected to stand by Solskjaer for at least one more match, presenting him with an opportunity to prove his worth following the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Stories from inside the dressing room – hinting at potential unrest – have surfaced in the aftermath of the sobering humiliation, posing doubts as to whether Solskjaer is capable of turning the mess around.
Nonetheless, the Norwegian will now be given the chance to do so following a series of discussions at boardroom level on Monday.
United’s managing director Richard Arnold is understood to have cancelled all of his appointments in order to hold crunch talks with Joel Glazer regarding Solskjaer’s future.
Express Sport understands Antonio Conte would also be ready to discuss potentially taking over at Old Trafford if United wanted to pursue the Italian.
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However, according to Fabrizio Romano, United icon Ferguson has played an integral role behind the scenes in convincing the club’s hierarchy to hang fire on the potential sacking of Solskjaer.
He tweeted: “Manchester United internal talks. Main part of board [Sir Alex Ferguson too] wants to give Solskjaer another chance to be in charge for Tottenham game. Red circle #MUFC
“Pressure still high around Ole. No official talks with Antonio Conte – but he’d accept the job in the next days too.”
Ferguson could be seen shaking his head in disgust at United allowed Liverpool to run riot but he is still prepared to stand by his former forward.
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While Conte is keen on the job, he is still yet to hear from United despite some suggestion in Italy that initial contact has been made.
Solskjaer himself remains adamant he is the right man for the job as he went on the defence after his side’s alarming collapse against the Reds.
“We’ve come too far as a group and we’re too close to give up now,” he said on Sunday.
“I’ve heard nothing else [about a potential departure]. This is the lowest I’ve been, but as I’ve said, I accept the responsibility.
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“I do believe in myself, I do believe that I am getting close to what I want with the club, I think what we’ve done, what I’ve seen, the development, of course, the results lately haven’t been good enough.
“But I’ve got to keep strong and I do believe in what we’ve been doing, the coaching staff and the players.”
Solskjaer is now expected to take training as normal throughout the week as he prepares his side for Saturday’s trip to Spurs.
Graham Potter has also emerged as a wildcard, potential long-term option for the Red Devils if Solskjaer is dismissed, according to The Athletic.
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