Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskir received another vote of confidence this week as speculation spread about his position, but the spotlight on Norway remains high ahead of Saturday’s Tottenham Hotspur tour.
Unlike Barcelona, who fired former player Ronald Koeman on Wednesday, United’s ranking in the Premier League last weekend saw a 5-0 home defeat at the hands of traditional rivals Liverpool. Resisted shipping demands.
But the goodwill shown to the former favorite on the pitch can only last that long, and a defeat to Tottenham in north London will certainly bring Solskir closer to the trap, especially with next week’s derby against Manchester City.
Old Trafford’s defeat was described as “embarrassing” by forward Marcus Rashford, leading to a barrage of condemnation from United players – a humiliation that left United in seventh place with 14 points from nine games.
United have won just one point in their last four league games and all hopes of a possible title challenge early season have been dashed. Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford has raised hopes that United’s trophy drought could end this season, but the Portuguese striker has failed to find a target in his last four Premier League games.
With Paul Pogba suspended following a red card against Liverpool, all eyes will be on Solskir’s selection for a trip to London with Ronaldo starting.
United’s firepower is enviable, but after scoring nine goals in their last two Premier League games, United have been calling for some midfield backbone and defensive coordination, and have turned to Soulsky out-of-favor holding Neymanja Matic. Can
While much of the focus is on United, Tottenham’s own problems have not been clearly resolved, as evidenced by last week’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham United.
Nuno Espirito Santo is one place and one point better than United. The jury is still undecided on whether the Portuguese is the right man for the job.
Newcastle United’s brave new era has begun in earnest since the Saudi-backed consortium took over and things will not be easy as they look to win their first league game of the season against leaders Chelsea on Saturday. Chelsea scored seven goals against Norwich City last weekend and won five of their last six league games against Newcastle, which will again be under interim manager Graeme Jones.
Second-placed Liverpool will have to follow in the footsteps of Watford and United 5-0 as they take on fifth-placed Brighton & Hove Albion at home while hosts Manchester City host Crystal Palace. The last four league games have been drawn.
West Ham, who knocked Holders Man City out of the League Cup on penalties on Wednesday, are fourth and will be in a good mood at Austin Villa on Sunday.
Bottom club Norwich will have the opportunity to return humbly to Chelsea with a home match against struggling Leeds United on Sunday. Burnley, who have been unbeaten like Norwich and Newcastle, who have hosted Brentford this season, have so far suffered defeats.