Jose Mourinho paid the ultimate price on Tuesday and was relieved of his duties as Manchester United manager following a tumultuous two year period in charge of the Red Devils.
Former star striker and reserve team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been tasked with improving United’s fortunes, with the Norwegian being installed as the club’s caretaker manager until the end of the 2018-19 season.
Whilst speculation looms as to who will be replacing Mourinho in the long term, markets are emerging as to how Solskjaer’s reign will go.
Solskjaer to hit the ground running?
Manchester United’s form this season has been riddled with inconsistency – with the reds having suffered 5 Premier League defeats already this term, they find themselves 19 points off the pace. Solskjaer will be hoping to revitalise his troops and having worked with the likes of Paul Pogba in his reserve team role previously, he will be hoping to get the best out of his players. United look to have 5 ‘winnable fixtures’ lined up next against Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Newcastle and Reading (in the FA Cup) and in theory they will be favourites for all of the matches – something that is sure to enthuse Solskjaer. As a result, Sky Bet are offering 9/2 on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer winning his first 5 competitive matches in charge of Manchester United.
Solskjaer = Silverware
Naturally, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will be looking to use this platform to showcase his talents and push for a chance at getting the job on a full-time basis. Ending the season with a trophy could be exactly what the Norwegian needs to enhance his credentials at Old Trafford – where he is already adored for his efforts as a player. Whilst United are out of the Carabao Cup and look way too far behind in the title race, the Champions League and the FA Cup could provide trophy winning opportunities for the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’. Manchester United are 13/2 with Ladbrokes to win a trophy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
Top 4 Finish
Finishing in the top 4 was a prerequisite for any Manchester United manager in seasons gone by but has been problematic for David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho in recent times. Champions League football next season would be the ideal platform for any manager stepping into the breach next term and Solskjaer will be looking to overturn the 11 point gap United currently have between themselves before the end of the season. William Hill are offering 9/1 on Manchester United finishing in the top 4 this season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stewardship.
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