When will Solskjaer leave Man Utd? Ole out this season odds-on

  • Max Liu
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer is odds-against to be in charge next season

Manchester United spent big in the summer but they have made a disappointing start to the season. How long can Solskjaer last? asks Max Liu as he discusses the Ole out odds...

He is 13/8 to leave before Christmas and, while he appears to have the support of the club hierarchy, he needs to turn things around quickly or that could change.

Mananger Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is odds-on to leave Manchester United before the end of the season after another disappointing result for the Red Devils.

He is 13/8 to leave before Christmas and, while he appears to have the support of the club hierarchy, he needs to turn things around quickly or that could change.

As for the fans, Solskjaer will always have a place in their hearts but that doesn't mean their patience is limitless. In December it will be three years since he took over, in a caretaker capacity, from Jose Mourinho.

United are in a better position than they were then but, for the money they have spent and for a club that considers itself one of the world's biggest, they look too disjointed.

Mauricio Pochettino 10/3, Brendan Rodgers 4/1 and Antonio Conte 5/1 are the leading candidates to succeed him, according to the betting.

Title odds show bettors aren't fooled

United are fourth in the table but anyone who watched them draw with Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday and lose to Aston Villa there the week before can see they are a long way off Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. It is inconceivable that any of that trio would take one point from two home games against Villa and Everton.

United are 21.020/1 to win the Premier League which indicates that bettors expect the Old Trafford faithful's wait for a first title since 2013 to extend beyond this season.

They are 1.4740/85 for a top four finish, and currently sit fourth, but in their opening seven matches they have played only one team that finished in the top six last term (West Ham).

In the cups they have been even worse. United lost their first Champions League match to Young Boys and needed a last gasp winner at home to Villarreal last week. They were eliminated from the League Cup by West Ham. Fans and pundits continue to complain that they are not playing as a team and midfield is their main cause for concern.

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The signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane raised fans' expectations. And yet the failure to strengthen midfield may be what costs them.

Ronaldo would add goals to any team but United already had a wealth of attacking talent, with Mason Greenwood primed for a breakthrough season, Marcus Rashford to come back from injury, and Edinson Cavani supplying experience and nous in the box.

If you're being harsh you'd say signing Ronaldo was similar to appointing Solskjaer: a gesture to please those nostalgic for United's 1990s and 2000s glory days, instead of those who want to see the club build towards a new era of winning.

What next? Ronaldo to succeed Solskjaer as manager? 66/1.

More realistically, Solskjaer is 6/4 to be United manager at the start of next season.

He may well get to the end of this campaign before the board decide it's time for a change. On the other hand, he may defy the doubters, get the team challenging for the title and win a piece of silverware this season. That would probably see him still in the dugout come August 2022 and it's worth noting that he has bounced back and survived a few crises already.

After the international break, United's calibre of opposition will step up a notch.

They play Leicester, Atalanta, Liverpool, Tottenham, Atalanta again and Manchester City. The outcomes of those matches could tell us a lot about Solskjaer's prospects.

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