Man United have dropped major Solskjaer hint after 'sackable offence' claim
Alan Hutton has suggested Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still retains the full support of the Manchester United board despite the club’s indifferent form.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham defender suggested Mike Phelan’s new contract is the latest hint the manager still has the backing of the Old Trafford hierarchy.
As confirmed on Monday (4th October), Phelan, Solskjaer’s assistant manager, has signed a contract extension running until the summer of 2024.
The 59-year-old, who was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s coaching staff, returned under Solskjaer as a first-team coach in December 2018.
He was appointed assistant manager the following May.
Solskjaer has come under fire for his management from both fans and pundits in recent weeks.
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TalkSPORT’s Jamie O’Hara branded the 48-year-old “not good enough” and said the decision to bench Ronaldo against was a “sackable offence”.
However, Hutton believes the board still have faith in their former striker.
Asked if he thought Phelan’s contract hinted at senior figures still support Solkjaer, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah.
“Look, they showed faith in the manager with the signings they brought in. If they didn’t have any faith in the manager or what he was doing going forward, that wouldn’t have happened.
“They wouldn’t have backed him in the transfer window. With that comes pressure.
“This is probably the first year where the pressure is very high on Manchester United and Solskjaer as a manager.
“If they don’t perform, if they don’t win a trophy then where do you go? Because they did back him.
“They brought in the superstars for Solskjaer to get the team to a place where they can challenge.
“If that doesn’t happen, there’s going to be pressure and questions asked.”
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