Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season with Manchester United could easily be his last. When he replaced Jose Mourinho as caretaker manager towards the end of 2018, his initial spell of games was an impeccable one.
Goals flowed in plenty, wins were consistent, and Old Trafford got a sight of the Manchester United of the glory days. However, following a historic comeback against PSG, it all went south for the Norwegian gaffer.
His season so far has been miserable, with even the humble three-game win streak they had engineered in recent days being decimated in a 1-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday.
So far there were still many hopeful fans who were comparing Solskjaer’s rough start to that of Jurgen Klopp when he initially took charge of Liverpool.
However, the more recent stat comparison of the two gaffers spells a lot of woes.
Solskjaer has now lost more PL games as a manager than Jurgen Klopp, despite taking charge of 104 fewer games.
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) November 2, 2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now lost more Premier League games than Jurgen Klopp, with the 21 figure arriving 104 games earlier than the Liverpool manager.
This is absolutely worrying for the former Cardiff City and Molde gaffer who has yet again come under the ire of United supporters after a period of relative calm.
His transfer choices have been labeled inadequate, his on-field substitutions have often been deemed too little too late and his failure to kill games from a winning position simply appalling for many.
In his defense, the injuries plaguing the side are a significant reason for the club’s lack of quality. However, the transfer sales made may not have been the wisest in this light, given that the Red Devils were already in short supply of talent.
If Solskjaer can bring United back up from this it will truly be a hero’s journey and an accomplishment of his much-loved ‘mountains are there to be climbed’ quote.