Sunday marks the latest edition of one of the most fiercely contested fixtures in English football as Liverpool visit Man United. Jürgen Klopp enters the tie with his job arguably the most secure in the Premier League whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fights with Marco Silva over the unwanted tag of ‘most likely for the sack’. A heavy defeat for United this weekend could be a further nail in the coffin for the Norwegian gaffer. Jürgen Klopp has had his say on the Solskjaer job speculation.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was made caretaker manager of United back in December 2018 following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, he had some success toward the start of his tenure – including an impressive victory against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League – but he has fallen way short of expectations since that memorable night in Paris.
Man United currently find themselves 12th in the Premier League with only two wins this term. Pressure has been mounting on the gaffer but, frankly, who would take over?
Jürgen Klopp was asked about the Solskjaer job speculation at his pre-match press conference, broadcast live on the club’s official YouTube. He told the press “It’s more important what the board are telling him. I don’t have an opinion”. The German gaffer added “I want every manager to have as much time in the world but no club is willing to wait for success”.
This is a diplomatic approach for Jürgen to take, he is very aware of the short lifespan that managers can have in the modern day game. Klopp was lucky enough to have been given 4 years to implement his vision and he has done so with great success. If Solskjaer is given the same courtesy then maybe he can turn things around at United. After all, as Jürgen pointed out about his start at Anfield: “After my 29 games there was not 100% agreement I was the perfect manager for Liverpool”.