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Man Utd cannot ignore Chelsea’s Frank Lampard example with managerial change

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under growing scrutiny as Manchester United manager after overseeing a poor run of four defeats in seven games at the start of the season

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The tactical superiority of Brendan Rodgers was the final defining moment in Frank Lampard’s demise as Chelsea boss.

Leicester convincingly took apart Lampard’s Blues at the King Power in January and six days later the club’s all-time top goalscorer was fired.

History could be about to repeat itself for another adored club icon.

Fortunately for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United’s owners are more forgiving than trophy-driven Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich.

But the vultures are circling over the Norwegian boss, who saw his abject United side concede four goals in their third straight defeat against the Foxes.

It was a fourth defeat in seven for a star-studded United side void of belief or an identity.



United have lost four in seven games under Solskjaer




Of course, we have been here before.

United earned back-to-back wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in the winter of 2019 with Solskjaer’s job seemingly on the line.

A 6-1 Old Trafford humiliation against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs was followed by a 4-1 victory at Newcastle.

Solskjaer is used to being antagonised in the Red Devils hot seat but the sparsity of the away end as he approached the travelling fans at full-time was particularly alarming on Saturday.









This defeat felt like a turning point for many of Solskjaer’s most ardent backers.

And United only have to glance at Chelsea’s transformation to understand the impact of an elite managerial change.

Lampard spent around £200m in the summer of 2020 in acquiring quality signings including Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy.

Less than six months later, the club great was packing his bags at Cobham with Chelsea ninth in the Premier League.

Lampard constructed a top level squad but wasn’t getting adequate results, and his vindicated dismissal followed.



Frank Lampard was sacked in January after 18 months as Chelsea boss




Within nine months, Tuchel has added a second Champions League crown to the trophy room, instilled a clear playing identity and turned his team into title challengers.

Like Lampard, Solskjaer was given undeniable backing in the summer with the marquee signings of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, plus the small bonus of the recapture of Cristiano Ronaldo.

It does not take an ownership with astute footballing knowledge to realise the Red Devils boss, with no previous experience of managing at the top level, is not getting the best out of his squad.

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Paul Pogba’s best position remains an eternal mystery and the state of the defence was perhaps best summarised by Solskjaer’s description of David de Gea as United’s best player.







They conceded four goals.

There is no pattern of play or evolving style; United are relying on individual brilliance in games and instead going backwards.

It was difficult for Chelsea supporters to wave goodbye to a man they wave in such high-esteem in Lampard.

But the decision to bring in highly-rated Tuchel that may have seemed hasty was a stroke of genius.

Few would argue that a more experienced coach would oust Solskjaer’s achievements with this United squad.



Antonio Conte is one name to be linked with Solskjaer’s job
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Perhaps a saving grace for Solskjaer is the lack of available and ready top level coaches like Chelsea’s exuberant German boss so United may be more reluctant to pull the trigger.

Antonio Conte thrives on confrontation, Mauricio Pochettino’s reputation has corroded slightly in Paris and all Zinedine Zidane has known is Real Madrid.

But Solskjaer knows he could face a similar fate to Lampard should things not improve.

The United boss is entering his most critical week yet with Atalanta and Liverpool visiting Old Trafford, but the result in the East Midlands already feels defining.


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