Although he has been constantly confronted by the distrust of the public and speculations that he will be replaced since coming to the Manchester United bench, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been holding the helm at Old Trafford for almost three years now.
And last weekend, many wanted Solskjaer's dismissal when he left Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, and then after the lead, he was left without a victory against Everton. However, it seems that the management of United is not even thinking about replacing the Norwegian ...
Moreover, a strong signal arrived from Old Trafford today that Solskjaer's future was cemented for the Red Devils' bench. And that signal is the news that the Norwegian's first assistant Mike Phelan got a new contract until 2024 since his current one expired the following year.
Phelan is a former Manchester United player and a rather favorite character at Old Trafford. He was a long-term associate of Alex Ferguson, but with the arrival of David Moyes in 2013, he lost his job and left the club. He then had short episodes in Norwich and Hall to return to United at the end of 2018 in a package with Solskjaer when Jose Mourinho left.
Ferguson allegedly influenced Solskjaer to return Phelan and advised him that it would be of great benefit to him. They came as temporary solutions, but they were given the confidence to continue working, and they have been leading the Red Devils for almost three years now.
Solskjaer signed a new contract this summer, but not Phelan.
Until today, when the Manchester giant trusted him that much to continue his cooperation until 2024. Many in England believe that United would not have offered Phelan a new contract if they had considered replacing Solskjaer.
The logic is that the club would not risk paying compensation to Phelan in case they change the Norwegian. The Norwegian has been under pressure in recent weeks because he has only four victories in the last nine games, and he has recorded defeats from Young Boys, Aston Villa, West Ham, and draws against Southampton and Everton.
An even bigger problem is that there is talk of public dissatisfaction of several players with Soslkjaer. The group reportedly includes Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba, whom he left on the bench last weekend. But also David de Gea, the summer reinforcement Jadon Sancho, who is neither a shadow of the player from Dortmund nor the almost forgotten Donnie van de Beek.
In the coming weeks, Manchester United will have a much harder schedule and matches with Leicester, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, and a duel with Atalanta in the Champions League. After that, Solskjaer could take the pressure off his back or bury himself in an even more difficult situation.