Everton a graveyard for Man Utd managers – Solskjaer knows loss could cost job

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heads to Everton tomorrow desperate to avoid a mauling on Merseyside that could cost him his job.

The Manchester United boss is under the cosh once again following his side's shambolic defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.

Veteran forward Demba Ba left United looking like prize turkeys following the 2-1 loss, which came on the back of last weekend's dismal home defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford.

A trip to Goodison Park is the last thing Solskjaer now needs, not least because Merseyside has proved the graveyard for two of United's previous bosses.

Jose Mourinho was given the bullet in the wake of a crushing defeat at Liverpool in 2018, while David Moyes is probably still having nightmares about the Grim Reaper who stood behind him that fateful afternoon back in 2014, when a loss at the Toffees also cost the Scot his job.

At least there will be no Grim Reaper to hover around Solskjaer this weekend, due to the continued ban on supporters attending matches because of Covid-19.

But this might be the only positive Solskjaer will be able to take to Goodison for a game he simply cannot afford to lose.

Solskjaer has now been in charge for 101 games since replacing Mourinho, but has not stamped his authority on his team or provided it with any identity.

The form of captain Harry Maguire is alarming, as the England star battles the mental demons created from his humiliating arrest in Greece this summer following a drunken brawl with local police.

To make matters worse, Paul Pogba continues to be a total enigma, new signing Donny van de Beek hasn't been given a run of games, Bruno Fernandes has suffered a dip in form and United have become too reliant on Marcus Rashford to provide the inspiration.

Solskjaer doesn't even know what his best starting XI or formation should be, provoking some fierce criticism of himself and his flops from former greats like Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.

It is now open season at United, while the figure of Mauricio Pochettino looms large in the background.

The Argentinean is available, free and desperate for the chance to take the reigns at a club with the size and stature of United, despite them appearing to be a complete basket case of an organisation.

The Norwegian has become a master at pulling rabbits out of the hat and getting big wins when he needs them, but his job isn't just to survive, it is to flourish and win trophies. This is the basic demand at a club where winning was once part of their DNA.

Now he needs another one like never before, but how many more miracles can he have up his sleeve?

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