Bottom of league with two points from 21 - But fourth in line for Manchester United hotseat?

Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was made the fourth favourite for the Manchester United job after Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement.

Throughout the furore over the resignation of Sir Alex Ferguson I witnessed one gentleman from the Manchester United supporters trust announce his belief in who should replace the boss at the helm of the Theatre of Dreams.

And as soon as the name ‘Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’ left his lips I opened my eyes in amazement.

Firstly let me preface this by saying that over the last two seasons Solskjaer has performed wonders at his home club Molde FK in Norway. He guided them to their first ever Tippeligaen title in 2011 and then repeated the feat in 2012; becoming the first Norwegian side other than Rosenborg to compelte that feat since Valerenga in 1984.

But this season has not been so rosy for Solskjaer and co.

They lost a couple of big name players to start with which did not help.

Excellent centre-back Vegard Forren moved to Southampton in January and has yet to make an appearance at the club under Mauricio Pochettino; who was appointed on the same day.

They also lost regular goalscorer Davy Claude Angan to Chinese outfit Hangzhou Greentown for big money the same month.

However Solskjaer would have felt he had signed a sufficient replacement for Forren in Finnish international Joona Toivio and that goals would come from elsewhere.

That has not been the case and after the draw with FK Start on Monday they extended their poor form even further; with fans at the Aker Stadium still waiting on a first victory of the league campaign. They are currently bottom with just two points from a possible 21.

Their next fixture is against high-flying local rivals Aalesunds and you can be sure that pressure will start to mount on the ‘baby-faced assassin’ should they fall to yet another defeat but at the hands of their arch-rivals.

Let’s not forget that managerial track records are hard to keep unblemished; even Sir Alex himself got the chop at St Mirren. When he first announced he was leaving way back in 2002, only to perform a dramatic U-turn on the decision, Sven Goran Eriksson and David O’Leary were the favourites for the job. Who would take them on board now?

We needn’t worry as David Moyes is a shoe-in for the role but be sure to keep a keener eye on Solskjaer’s progress in the future. As things may not be as rosy as they once were.

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