Conor McGregor calls for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s role at Manchester United to be ‘rearranged’ after the heavy defeat by Liverpool… and the UFC superstar slams his side as ‘a bunch of young fellas talking to each other’
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure with Manchester United in torrid form
- The heavy 5-0 defeat by rivals Liverpool looked like it may see Solskjaer axed
- But the boss has been given a stay of execution, a move which has irritated fans
- Conor McGregor, a United supporter, has called for his role to be ‘rearranged’
Conor McGregor has waded into the debate over whether Manchester United should sack manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, insisting his role needs to be ‘rearranged’ as he faces growing pressure after his side’s poor start to the season.
Despite the axe seemingly looming on Monday in the wake of the chastening 5-0 defeat by fierce rivals Liverpool, Solskjaer appears to have been handed a stay of execution and is expected to take charge against Tottenham.
The club’s stance has led to supporters arguing over the merits of keeping their legendary former player at the helm, and McGregor has now joined in.
Conor McGregor says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s role at Manchester United should be ‘rearranged’
Taking to Twitter to share his opinion, the UFC superstar wrote: ‘The issue at United is it’s just bunch of young fellas talking to each other. Peers.
‘You need some one above the group chat to take the helm. Ole was on the bench when [Cristiano] Ronaldo played. A peer. Not enough. Love and respect Ole to the max but his role needs rearranged (sic). My opinion.’
Alluding to the fact that Solskjaer and his talisman Ronaldo played together during their respective spells at United, McGregor appears to be urging the club he follows to be cutthroat and hire a new manager, one with a fresh mindset.
The outspoken fighter has previously opened up on his reasons for supporting United, and lavished praise on Solskjaer.
UFC superstar McGregor, an avid United supporter, has previously backed manager Solskjaer
Speaking during a Q&A with FIFA.com, via United’s official website, McGregor said: ‘I was more a player than a watcher back then, but Manchester United was my team.’
He went on to add: ‘I was attracted to the success and winning mentality of the club and people surrounded by United. Irish legends like Denis Irwin and Roy Keane were dedicated to their craft and had that winning mentality.
‘Keane was one of the best midfielders European football has ever seen. Opponents would be mentally beaten before they’d even stepped on to the pitch to face him.’
Questioned on Solskjaer, he said: ‘Ole Gunnar is a special man! I think he’s done an incredible job with United. They have to give him the job permanently.
Solskjaer is under mounting pressure, and may be sacked soon after the defeat by Liverpool
‘You can feel the pride and passion he has for the club and its history, and see the players honoured to wear the Red Devils crest under him.
‘He’s really got the players performing. I think the same as a proud Irishman representing my home country of Ireland.’
However, it has since been revealed that Solskjaer’s stars are no longer fully behind their manager – with doubts raised over his tactical acumen and ability to compete alongside the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.
Despite this, Solskjaer has reportedly received the backing of legendary boss – and his former mentor – Sir Alex Ferguson and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward while he continues to cling on to his job.
A struggling United have taken just one point from the last 12 available in the Premier League
The decision over whether Solskjaer is axed or not will ultimately lie with Joel Glazer (right)
Ferguson even paid a visit to United’s Carrington training complex on Tuesday, in an apparent attempt to throw his weight behind the 48-year-old, but the decision over Solskjaer’s future lies with co-chairman Joel Glazer.
According to The Guardian, Ferguson believes Solskjaer should be given time to turn United’s season around, beginning with the visit to Tottenham this weekend.
Solskjaer is now approaching three years in the hotseat, but his side have taken just one point from the last 12 available in the Premier League.
With United seventh, Antonio Conte – the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss – is understood to be interested in replacing him.