News24 – The Premier League table since Solskjaer became Man Utd’s permanent manager

News24 –  The Premier League table since Solskjaer became Man Utd’s permanent manager

It’s taken just four games for the vultures to circle around Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Last season felt as though the Manchester United manager was saved by the bell, with the arrival of summer offering some respite from a dreadful end to the campaign The United boss had won just two games, forgettable 2-1 victories over West Ham United and Watford, since the dramatic Champions League comeback at Paris Saint-Germain And that time off in the summery months looked to have paid off during the 4-0 victory over Chelsea, only for United to drop points in their three proceeding games against ‘easier’ opposition The Red Devils allowed leads to slip at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton, while also falling lamely to defeat against Crystal Palace in front of their own fans It’s a lull in results that has seen more and more supporters connect the dots between the two worrying runs of form that closed out last season and have welcomed in the current one The fact of the matter is that Solskjaer actually has a worse win rate than both Louis van Gaal and David Moyes, who seemed to come in for greater criticism at this stage of their United tenures However, arguably the most damning statistics concern Solskjaer’s performance in the dugout as United’s permanent boss compared to his stint as an interim Besides, a whopping 14 of his victories at the club actually came before Ed Woodward appointed him on a full-time basis Not a single away win has come since. Bearing this in mind, we decided to calculate what the Premier League table would look like if only results between March 28 – the date of Solskjaer’s appointment – and the present day counted As expected, it makes for desperate reading for United who find themselves lingering in 13th place with a record of three victories, five defeats and four draws You can check out the full manipulated table – using TWTD’s editing tool – down below: Let’s be honest, it doesn’t look good for United Seeing themselves below the likes of Newcastle United and Burnley has got to hurt, but such has been their form since the final two months of the 2018/19 campaign It leaves them cut adrift as the worst performing member of the ‘top six’ – despite have played one more game than most in the timeframe – and have less than half the points of Manchester City However, if there is any saving grace for Solskjaer it’s the fact that the Premier League table that matters most started in mid-August and not when he signed the deal in March United’s position of eighth place won’t exactly have him bouncing off all four walls, but it gives him a platform to turn around what has been a torrid time as the club’s permanent boss

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