Wed. Jun 29th, 2022

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under increasing pressure to deliver at Old Trafford after an underwhelming start to the new campaign…

By RYAN TAYLOR

If this really is sink-or-swim territory at Manchester United for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there may only be one way to keep his head above water. Winning, ultimately, will keep him afloat but finding the formula to deliver results has proven difficult.

Solskjaer has tweaked, tinkered and changed his team, but has so far failed to strike the right balance despite overseeing arguably the club’s most successful summer ever in the transfer market following the captures of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In many ways, the arrival of CR7 has complicated the method and thinking behind team selections with competition for places now fiercer than ever. This United team has become worth less than the sum of its parts.

There are huge similarities between the current state of affairs at United and life at Chelsea in the first half of last season before Marina Granovskaia pulled the trigger on Frank Lampard.

Although Thomas Tuchel is evidently the superior coach after masterminding the club’s Champions League success, Lampard was arguably a formation change away from staying in the job.

While Conte could prove to be United’s very own Tuchel, the club’s hierarchy are refusing to give up on Solskjaer just yet and that was proven by their decision to hand his assistant Mike Phelan a new long-term contract earlier this week.

But there is something Solskjaer could learn from the Italian tactician, who is undeniably capable of turning this United team into a real force under his own leadership.

During Conte’s early Chelsea days, things did not always go entirely to plan and it wasn’t always a walk in the park.

Back in September 2016, the Blues were blown away by Arsenal at the Emirates as the Gunners stormed to a 3-0 half-time lead.

While the embarrassing defeat did not live long in the memory of Chelsea supporters, it was still of huge significance when reflecting on Conte’s tenure.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is an entertainment and football lover, promoter, analyst and writer. He aspires to make a name in the media company. He is the CEO of Soccercruz (News site, Podcast, Radio and Television). email: zobanwosu88@gmail.com, phone number: +2348063046744.

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