Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at risk of being Man Utd ‘failure’ as boss faces rising sack pressure
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Former Manchester United star Teddy Sheringham believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is at risk of being labelled a ‘failure’ at Old Trafford. Sheringham also says the club’s latest disappointment in the Champions League piles more pressure on his former team-mate.
United crashed out of the Champions League following a defeat to RB Leipzig earlier this week.
Needing a draw to progress, Solskjaer’s side found themselves 3-0 down going into the final stages of the game.
United did rally in the closing stages to pull the score back to 3-2 but it wasn’t enough to see them through.
Sheringham, who famously won the Champions League as part of an unprecedented Treble with the club, is concerned about the impact the result will have on Solskjaer’s future.
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“It’s a result that does put more pressure on him,” he told CardsChat. “There’s been rumours circulating about Pochettino supposedly waiting in the wings and he could have certainly done without failing to qualify for the knockout stages.
“The pressure will grow again if they falter in the league in the coming weeks.
“Ole is a lovely lad and I don’t want that to happen and very much hope he keeps the job.”
Finishing third in their group, United now drop into the Europa League once again.
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Solskjaer led his side to the semi-final of the same competition last season but were beaten by eventual winners Sevilla.
United finished third in the Premier League last season to qualify for the Champions League but ended the campaign an astonishing 33 points behind runaway champions Liverpool.
The club haven’t won the league title since Sir Alex Furguson’s retirement in 2013 and haven’t lifted any trophy since Jose Mourinho won the EFL Cup and Europa League in 2017.
Sheringham, who won three league titles in four years at the club, knows how great the expectations are at Old Trafford.
“When you play for Man United, you understand what the situation is,” he added. “You listen to Roy Keane and that’s what it’s all about – United to win things.
“Not to come in the Champions League spots, not to get second, not a bold runner up.”
Sheringham and Solskjaer famously scored two last-minute goals in the 1999 Champions league final as United came from behind to beat Bayern Munich 2-1.
Having already secured the Premier League and FA Cup, they became the first club in the history of English football to win the coveted treble.
As a player, Solskjaer also played in six Premier League winning squads at United.
Sheringham is hoping his former teammate understands the need to bring similar success from the dugout.
“You’re there to win things,” he added. “You are in the biggest club in the country, in Europe, maybe even the world, so you’re expected to win things.
“Ole knows that, he’s been around that feeling, that way of life and he knows that anything but success and winning trophies is a failure.”
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