Manchester United started the Premier League season in fine form with an eye-catching 4-0 win over Chelsea. Since then though, things haven’t gone to plan for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Two draws and a defeat sees the Red Devils seven points behind league leaders Liverpool already. United begin their Europa League campaign after the international break, adding a gruelling travel schedule into their domestic commitments.
Solskjaer odds-on to leave Manchester United this season
Although Solskjaer made an emphatic start to his spell in charge of Manchester United, their recent form doesn’t make good reading. The club have picked up just three wins in their last 13 Premier League games. As such, Paddy Power have the Norwegian at 4/6 (1.67) to leave his role before May 17th and 5/2 (3.50) not to be in charge on Christmas Day 2019.
United bolstered their defence in the transfer market, adding Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire for around £130 million. With a solitary clean sheet so far this season though, there is plenty more work to do. The 46-year-old signed a three-year deal at Old Trafford in March. However, his prospects look bleak if things don’t improve significantly.
What are Manchester United’s chances of a top four finish in the Premier League?
Paddy Power offer 6/4 (2.50) that Manchester United achieve a top four finish in the 2019-20 campaign. With Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham likely to occupy three of those spots, Solskjaer’s men may have to settle for the final position.
Arsenal (5/6) and Chelsea (13/5) will both have designs on a top four spot, while Leicester (8/1) and Everton (12/1) remain relative outsiders despite sold starts.
Latest Premier League Sack Race Odds
Bookmakers often list a market known as the Sack Race. This refers to which top-flight manager will be next to leave. It can act as a confidence barometer for how each boss is performing or links to other jobs which could see them depart.
Paddy Power’s latest Premier League Sack Race odds have Javi Gracia as 7/5 (2.40) favourite, ahead of Mauricio Pochettino at 9/2 (5.50). The Spurs boss has been frustrated with the situation in North London, especially with Christian Eriksen’s potential departure.
That is now settled though, with the European transfer window closed for a few months. Despite a shock defeat to Newcastle, Tottenham have negotiated tough fixtures including Manchester City and Arsenal. It seems unlikely Pochettino would walk away now after six seasons in charge.
Solskjaer comes next at 7/1 (8.0). After the international break, United take on Leicester City at home before hosting Astana. West Ham at the London Stadium is their weekend assignment. Following that, two of their next three top-flight matches come against Arsenal and Liverpool. Both games are at Old Trafford though so they'll have home advantage. Having failed to win since the opening day, the pressure is set to rise further if United don’t raise their performance levels against their rivals for a top four position.
Roy Hodgson (11/1), Frank Lampard (16/1) and Steve Bruce (20/1) are next in the market.
Manchester United's upcoming fixtures
|14/08/19||Leicester (H)||Premier League|
|19/09/19||Astana (H)||Europa League|
|22/09/19||West Ham (A)||Premier League|
|25/09/19||Rochdale (H)||Carabao Cup|
|30/09/19||Arsenal (H)||Premier League|
|03/10/19||AZ Alkmaar (A)||Europa League|
|06/10/19||Newcastle (A)||Premier League|
|20/10/19||Liverpool (H)||Premier League|
What price are Manchester United to win the Europa League?
Winning the Europa League saw Manchester United qualify for the Champions League under Jose Mourinho in 2017. They’re favourites to win the tournament once again this season, priced at 9/2 (5.50) with Paddy Power. That could provide a route back to Europe’s top table even if they finish fifth or lower in the Premier League.
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