Manchester United are reportedly not prepared to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the international break despite another dismal loss that evidenced the gap between the Red Devils and the Premier League’s elite. The 2-0 Manchester derby defeat by rivals City is not understood to cost Solskjaer his job.
The 48-year-old appeared to have turned around United’s disappointing form last week.
A 3-0 thrashing of Tottenham was followed by a hard-fought 2-2 Champions League draw with Atalanta. Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace in Italy put United on course to qualify for the European knockout stages.
But Solskjaer and his players came crashing back down to earth on Saturday after losing against Manchester City.
An Eric Bailly own goal and a smart finish by Bernardo Silva secured the victory, which could easily have been more comfortable for Pep Guardiola’s side. Phil Foden missed an excellent second-half chance and City were utterly dominant.
United trudged off to boos after the final whistle. However, there were not the kind of scenes that saw supporters stream out of Old Trafford at half-time against Liverpool.
Sections of the fanbase have called for Solskjaer to be dismissed but the club legend is not expected to lose his job.
According to The Athletic, United are not keen on sacking Solskjaer when Champions League qualification for next season is still possible.