Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job defended as Man Utd legend Dwight Yorke calls for ‘respect’ amid Mauricio Pochettino links
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job deserves some respect, Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke insists, as rumours linking Mauricio Pochettino with the Old Trafford hot seat persist.
Pressure on Solskjaer continues to mount following a dreadful start to the 2020/21 campaign, which went from bad to worse during the abysmal 2-1 defeat to Champions League debutants Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday.
Such is the state of United’s campaign that speculation over who might replace Solskjaer has already begun, but Yorke, a close friend and former teammate of the Norwegian, insists such talk is premature.
“There’s no doubt that Pochettino is a tremendous manager,” Yorke told talkSPORT. “I’m not going to speculate because Ole is in the job and we don’t want to see Ole get sacked.
“I respect Ole, he’s a friend of mine, I want to see him come through this and I’m not going to speculate about other managers because he’s in that position and I think we ought to respect that at the moment.”
Yorke, Solskjaer’s former strike partner at United, was also keen to remind people that Manchester United arguably superseded the expectations of many last season by finishing third and reaching the latter stages of the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League.
“It’s not been the season we expected, but people tend to forget last season he had a tremendous season in many respects, getting to three semis, winning big games when it really mattered,” Yorke added.
Nonetheless, there can be no escaping the fact that Solskjaer’s job could be under genuine threat if the Red Devils suffer another bad result at Everton on Saturday – with full commentary of the Premier League clash LIVE on talkSPORT!
“He is treading a fine line,” Yorke admits. “We all want him to be successful.
“We all know that we’re in a results business. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve played for the club or what you’ve done, you’re going to be based on performance.
“The only way to come out of that is to come out and turn the team around, turn the players around and get positive results.
“I think the most frustrating thing is the inconsistency, it seems to be one step forward and two steps backwards.
“That is something he needs to address and start on Saturday, because it’s become an enormous game for him.”
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