Best Man Utd team for each of next three matches to save Solskjaer from the sack

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly been given three matches to save his job as Manchester United manager as pressure mounts on the Norwegian.

The Telegraph report that the decision makers at Old Trafford have told Solskjaer that he has three matches to save his job after keeping him in charge after Sunday's loss to Liverpool.

The fixtures do not get any easier for the Red Devils, though, as they face Tottenham Hotspur away in the league, a trip to Atalanta in the Champions League and then the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford.

Here is how Solskjaer should set-up in these games to survive the axe.

Tottenham Hotspur (A)

When Solskjaer's United triumphed 3-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in April, it came via a slight alteration to their regular approach.

As usual his side lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation but Solskjaer deployed Paul Pogba on the left of the three as he set his side up in a more narrow formation.

With Pogba suspended following his dismissal against Liverpool, the likes of Donny van de Beek or Jesse Lingard could start if a narrow approach is again taken.

Will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer save his job? Let us know in the comments section below.

Preventing Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane from linking up will also be crucial as they have scored or assisted 11 of Spurs' 22 goals in all competitions.

United must also make use of their set pieces, with just under a quarter of the goals Spurs have conceded coming from dead ball situations.

Atalanta (A)

United will be keen to avoid a similar start to the one they experienced in the home fixture against Atalanta last week, having trailed 2-0 at half-time before recovering to win 3-2.

Solskjaer's substitutions helped turn the game on its head with the introductions of Pogba and Edinson Cavani changing the game.

Starting both could also allow for an alteration to the regular formation with the choice to start with either two strikers or Cavani playing out wide.

The pressing tactic attempted against Liverpool should again be dropped in favour of a counter attacking approach in order to expose Atalanta's back three when the wing-backs join in with attacks.

Manchester City (H)

Solskjaer has an impressive record in Manchester derbies as United boss, having lost just one of his five league meetings with Manchester City since taking charge at Old Trafford.

He has won three of the other four matches and each of these victories came with a different approach and formation.

United also kept clean sheets in both league meetings last season with an impressive counter attacking display seeing them win 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium in March.

City were also punished on the counter attack in their recent European defeat away to Paris Saint-Germain, perhaps showing a weakness in Pep Guardiola's side.

Source: Read Full Article