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Man Utd chief Ed Woodward ‘prepared to sack’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position is under threat after Manchester United’s poor start (AFP via Getty)

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is willing to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if results do not improve, according to reports.

United have lost two of their three Premier League games so far and have entered the international break after being hammered 6-1 at home by Tottenham last Sunday.

Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has already been linked with replacing Solskjaer as United boss.

And according to the Sunday Mirror, Woodward has ‘privately insisted’ that he is prepared to remove Solskjaer from his position if United’s form worsens.

The report claims that Woodward uses Liverpool as an example of a club legend being sacked in the right circumstances after they fired Kenny Dalglish in 2012.

Solskjaer faces a tough task in the next few weeks as United face both Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig in the Champions League, while they will host both Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League.

Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward (AFP via Getty Images)

United are reportedly keeping tabs on Pochettino’s situation as the Argentine remains out of work since Spurs sacked him last November.

Speaking after United’s heavy defeat to Spurs, Solskjaer said: ‘It’s nowhere near good enough.

‘And when you have a defeat like this, which has happened at the club before, you’ve just got to look yourself in the mirror.

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They’re lucky now, the boys, or I don’t know if it is lucky, but they’re going away on international duty some of them and for the ones who are staying here, we’ve got a good [amount of] time to work.

‘But we don’t see each other for ten days and that’s hard now because we need to batten down the hatches and get together because that wasn’t anywhere near good enough as a squad or a team.’

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Emile Heskey sends warning to James Maddison over Man Utd transfer


Maddison has impressed during his two seasons in the top flight (Picture: Getty Images)

Emile Heskey has advised James Maddison not to rush a move to a ‘bigger club’ like Manchester United and instead stay at Leicester City for another ‘two or three years’.

The 23-year-old has emerged as one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top priority targets for the next transfer window, with the Norwegian boss aiming to add another creative midfielder to his squad.

Maddison has been instrumental in the Foxes’ push for the Champions League places, registering six goals and three assists in the Premier League this season.

However, former Leicester striker Heskey warned the midfielder that although a move to a top club is on the horizon, he still has room to grow under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers.

Speaking exclusively to 888sport, he said: ‘Maddison has to look at himself and find out where his pathway lies. He is still a young lad with many years ahead of him and a lot of learning still to do.

‘He has a great teacher in Brendan Rodgers, but at some stage he will be wondering what his next path will be.

‘That he has taken it so far at Leicester and now what is the next path, so at some stage he will be looking to move to a bigger club.

‘Right now though I don’t see why he can’t stay for another two or three years, that will still only take him to 25.’

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is another midfield target for Solskjaer (Picture: Getty Images)

Northern Irish boss Rodgers has turned the Midlands club’s fortunes around since taking over from Claude Puel in February 2019, and Heskey isn’t surprised he is being linked with big clubs.

‘I just think Brendan Rodgers is a very good football coach and they have bought into his philosophy,’ he added.

‘He’s got a great philosophy that he implemented at Swansea, Liverpool and Celtic and he got results.

‘Now he’s doing the same at Leicester and he’s still getting good results. Now everyone is being linked to so-called bigger clubs, that’s how you know how well he is doing.

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‘I think Leicester are a little bit away from being a top four club consistently, that’s because I don’t think Spurs, Chelsea, and Arsenal will have another bad season as they’ve had.

‘So top four no. But top six, one hundred per cent. I don’t think top four is Leicester’s priority right now.

‘Their priority is taking things one step at a time and cementing themselves in the top eight and then saying, “Okay, where’s the next one? Top six. Right, let’s move up to that one”. You can’t just jump into the top four.’

Read the full 888sport interview with Emile Heskey here.

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