An unnamed Manchester United player expected Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have been sacked after a poor start to the season, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles. United are 14th in the Premier League table heading into the resumption of domestic football this weekend.
Solskjaer eased pressure on himself with a 3-1 victory away at Everton before the international break.
But defeats to the likes of Crystal Palace, Istanbul Basaksehir and the 6-1 thumping by Tottenham have led to questions over whether the Norwegian is the right man to lead the club forward.
Reports leading up to the Everton victory claimed United chiefs had been in contact with Mauricio Pochettino over the possibility of him replacing Solskjaer.
And Castles claims there were beliefs from at least one player that Solskjaer was going to lose his job.
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The unnamed player believed sacking the 47-year-old would have been the right decision.
“At least one senior player, recently asked about the situation, said he expected Solskjaer to be sacked before long,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.
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“The feeling he got within the club was that he was coming to the end of his tenure and would not be unhappy, from the perspective of improving performances and giving the team a better chance of succeeding in the Premier League and the Champions League, if that was to happen.
“From a pure sporting perspective, he thought that would be a good idea.”
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United face winless West Brom this Saturday at Old Trafford.
And former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has urged the club to stick with Solskjaer after promising signs at Everton.
Murphy wrote for the Daily Mail: “That was a Manchester United performance of players fighting for their manager, a superb display from start to finish and a great response to a lot of criticism.
“There are various ways to look at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure. Lots of numbers. Lots of opinions. I’ve read plenty of those in the past week.
“I am never really in the boat that you should be getting rid of a manager this early in the season.
“He has made his signings, he knows the players and how well they finished last season has given him credit in the bank. United should not make any rash decisions.
“A result like this, a tough win at Everton, will give them confidence for after the international break when United have some less daunting fixtures coming up, albeit in a short space of time.
“It has been the inconsistency of the team that has been so bizarre. Great results followed so quickly by bad ones, then good ones again.
“That is not what normally happens with big clubs. But from what I saw at Goodison Park, every player put in a shift. And we’ve not always been able to say that this season.”
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