Solskjær backed by Ferguson and some directors as fate rests with Joel Glazer

Sir Alex Ferguson, Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold are supportive of Ole Gunnar Solskjær continuing as Manchester United manager, though the final decision rests with Joel Glazer, the co-chairman who heads the American family’s ownership.

Ferguson believes Solskjær, who was mentored as a young coach at United in the mid-noughties by the Scot, should be given the chance to turn fortunes around. This comes after United’s 5-0 humiliation by Liverpool on Sunday at Old Trafford and the taking of one point from the past available 12.

Woodward, who could stay as executive vice-chairman until April, and Arnold, the managing director and Woodward’s likely successor, are also minded that Solskjær should continue, having backed him during previous turbulent moments since he took over in December 2018.

However Glazer, who has five family members on the 12-person board of directors listed by United, will decide whether the 48-year-old remains. He runs United from his Florida base.

Antonio Conte, who would be open to discussing any vacancy, believes Solskjær could survive at least to Saturday, when United are at Tottenham. The club then travel to Bergamo for Tuesday’s Champions League group game with Atalanta before hosting Manchester City the following Saturday.


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