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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to be in charge for Tottenham game as Manchester United board keep faith in Norwegian


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given a stay of execution (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images) Photographer: OLI SCARFF Provider: AFP via Getty Images Source: AFP

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given another chance to turn his Manchester United reign around on Saturday after being told that his job is safe for the time being.

United were embarrassed by arch rivals Liverpool on Sunday, with Jurgen Klopp’s side running out 5-0 winners at Old Trafford.

The defeat leaves United on 14 points after nine Premier League matches and they are all but out of the title race, with less than a quarter of the campaign gone.

United’s board held crisis talks on Monday and speculation was rife that Solskjaer would lose his job, with Antonio Conte waiting to take charge at Old Trafford.

Conte is keen on taking over (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

However, the Athletic report that Solskjaer has been given a stay of execution and has been told he will be in charge of the side for Saturday’s game against Tottenham.

United sources were muted for most of Monday but by the early evening it transpired that the board were still backing Solskjaer and that he would be given further time to turn things around.

Solskjaer was at Carrington on Monday but the players were given a planned day off. He will take training on Tuesday, with all eyes on Saturday’s game in north London.

Anything but a win will likely increase the calls for Solskjaer to go and the report claims that the Norwegian has lost large swathes of the dressing room.

While Solskjaer is still an admired figure, there are doubts over his tactics and his ability to compete with the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

Solskjaer instructed his players to ‘press’ Liverpool on Sunday but there was no cohesion in the tactics and the Reds ran riot at the Theatre of Dreams.


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