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Duncan Castles drops worrying update on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a far from ideal season so far. After the signings of Cristiano Rolando, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, expectations were high for the Old Trafford club.

The Red Devils have been far from impressive in all competitions, losing in the Carabao Cup to West Ham, looking far from convincing in a relatively easy Champions League group (compared to those of Manchester City and Liverpool) and floundering in sixth place in the Premier League.

Misery was compounded on the Norwegian by humbling defeats at home to Liverpool and Manchester City, losing 5-0 and 2-0 respectively. With the media pressure building on his job, Solskjaer is facing an uphill battle.

Duncan Castles went on record on The Transfer Window podcast saying: “Well, I’ve never heard of something like this with a football manager before, the club saying go and take a holiday because you need one. Obviously he’s in a position where Manchester United are continuing to brief that they are not going to change the manager immediately. But also not briefing that Solskjaer will remain in situ on a permanent basis. It’s actually amazing that he’s still in a job given the results and the nature of the work he has done leading up to those results.”

The comments are in response to the club reportedly leaving a private jet on standby for him and his family to take a holiday during the international break. Solskjaer apparently had no intentions of leaving so it almost looks like a forced holiday from Manchester United.

Recharging his batteries may not be the worst thing for Solskjaer, especially if it’s what the club wants him to do. It’s not like he’s off in the sun hiding from the crisis situation he’s in if he’s been advised to go away.

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