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McGrath: Man Utd could sack Solskjaer before season’s over

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Paul McGrath feels Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time at Manchester United is nearing its end as things clearly won’t improve anytime soon.

Heading into this evening’s clash with Newcastle United, Solskjaer desperately needs all three points more than ever. Currently, there are some huge doubts over his future after leading the Red Devils to their worst league start in 30 years.

The Norwegian has only collected five wins, seven draws and eight defeats in his 20 games since becoming permanent manager on a three-year contract in March.

And now McGrath, who made 203 appearances in the United defence, reckons Solskjaer won’t last much longer at Old Trafford.

“These are sad times for Manchester United and those who have been envious of the club for so many years are loving their demise,” he told the Irish Independent.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes his misfiring side to take on Newcastle today and even though United are up against very average opposition, I honestly wouldn’t put too much money on them coming away with a victory.

“United have not won away from home in their last 10 matches and there is a very good reason why that record might well continue this afternoon at St James’ Park, with goals a currency United are no longer dealing in.

“Solskjaer seems to be a lovely guy and all United fans are desperate to see him succeed, but it’s getting hard to keep faith with a team that doesn’t look like they are going to score goals to win matches.

“They didn’t have enough firepower to overpower little Rochdale in the League Cup a couple of weeks back and the performance against Arsenal on Monday night was also very flat, as they lacked the strike power to finish off opponents that were there for the taking.

“Then you see them going to play the third- or fourth-best team in Holland on Thursday night in a Europa League competition Manchester United should never be in, and they didn’t manage to get a single shot on target across the whole match as they drew 0-0. It was embarrassing.

“While Ole is doing his best to put a positive gloss on his side’s limp performances and his former playing colleagues continue to stick up for him in the media, the truth is this is a situation that may not get better any time soon.

“I said back in March the club made a mistake giving him the United job on a permanent basis before they got to the end of the season.

“And, sadly, that pessimism now looks to have been well placed as Ole has struggled since he was given that contract.

“There are so many things wrong with United that I just don’t know whether they will get the job done at Newcastle today and while sacking Solskjaer and bringing in another manager is not the right option at this moment, you fear we will get to that point before this season is finished.”

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – MARCH 24: Former Ireland player Paul McGrath looks on prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)