Solskjaer’s job at Manchester United is on the line heading into one of possibly several make-or-break fixtures for the Norwegian – but he does at least have some good news
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be handed a much-needed boost ahead of the crucial showdown with Tottenham on Saturday which could decide his future.
Defeat against Spurs at the weekend could be the final straw on Solskjaer’s reign at Old Trafford amid a disappointing start to the campaign thus far.
Solskjaer will be without midfielder Paul Pogba for the encounter, with the Frenchman now suspended for three matches due to his red card in the Liverpool clash.
Fortunately for the Red Devils’ manager, he may be able to counteract the absence of Pogba with the returns of his compatriots Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial.
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Both players have been out of action since international duty earlier this month but are each pushing to be involved against Tottenham, according to an update published on United’s website.
New signing Varane has been sorely missed in defence but was back in training with the rest of the team on Wednesday.
Martial also looks close to recovering from his minor injury and will be hoping to pick up where he left off after scoring in the draw with Everton last time out.
It could well be that Varane comes in as a direct replacement for captain Harry Maguire, who has looked well off the pace in recent weeks.
Solskjaer admitted he may have rushed Maguire back too soon from his own injury, while pundit Gary Neville described the centre-back as being “nowhere near it” after the loss to Liverpool.
His manager can ill-afford any players to be below par when they head to north London, with a number of stars speaking out ahead. of the fixture.
Cristiano Ronaldo was among the first to react to Sunday’s drubbing by promising United fans the team would turn things round.
“This is on us, only on us, because there’s no-one else to blame,” The Portuguese forward wrote. “Our fans were, once again, amazing in their constant support.
“They deserve better than this, much better, and it’s up to us to deliver. The time is now!”
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Marcus Rashford’s return has been a welcome boost for Solskjaer despite some poor results, and the England ace has called on his United teammates to “redeem” themselves.
“I can’t lie you haven’t heard from me on here because as a United fan I didn’t really know what to say after Sunday. I was embarrassed. I am embarrassed,” Rashford tweeted.
“Our fans are everything and you didn’t deserve that. We’re working hard to try and fix this. We have to redeem ourselves.”
Solskjaer will now reportedly have a maximum of three games to get his team back firing again, with a tough trip to Atalanta to come midweek before the derby clash with neighbours Manchester City.