Manchester United’s Solskjaer Now Heavy Favorite to Get Sacked After Blowout Loss
Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images. Pictured: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United.
Following Manchester United’s 5-0 loss to rival Liverpool on Sunday at Old Trafford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now a massive -700 favorite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked, according to the latest odds via European shop SkyBet.
The former United legend was already on the hot seat entering the crucial matchup with the Reds. And now, his spot on the Red Devils’ bench has turned into a full-blown inferno with them no winless in their last four league games. Needless to say after the latest performance, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he managed the club for another game.
Prior to Manchester United’s midweek contest with Atalanta in the Champions League, Solskjaer was listed at +150 to be the next EPL manager to leave his post, and when United was down 2-0 his odds dipped to +100. Solskjaer’s team was able to recover in the second half of that match for a 3-2 victory, and his odds moved back to +200, offering a touch of safety.
In the midst of Liverpool’s demolition of United, the market was taken off the board for a large period of the game. When it returned, it was clear that oddsmakers believe that this game was the final nail in the coffin for Solskjaer.
United currently sits at seventh in the table, three points out of a Champions League position and eight points out of the top spot. For a team that came into the season with title aspirations and with such rich history in global football, the latest run of efforts just won’t cut it.
Odds for Next Premier League Manager to Be Sacked
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||-700|
|Nuno Espírito Santo||+2500|
* Odds courtesy of SkyBet
If Solskjaer is indeed sacked, the race to fill his spot is a fairly open one. Former Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte is the favorite to get the job (+300), while ex-Liverpool manager and current Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers tails close behind at +400 odds.
Other candidates include three-time Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane (+500) and Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino (+800), per SkyBet.
Keep an eye out for this story for further updates, because it could move fast.