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‘The greatest’: Manchester United fans honour club legend as Solskjaer faces crunch game

Sam Brookes November 6, 2020
‘The greatest’: Manchester United fans honour club legend as Solskjaer faces crunch game
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Today marks 34 years since Sir Alex Ferguson was appointed manager of Manchester United.

The Scotsman went on to enjoy a monumental reign at the club. During his 27 years in charge, United lifted the Premier League trophy on 13 occasions.

They also won the FA Cup five times and the Champions League twice with Ferguson at the helm, hurtling the Scotsman into the pantheon of Manchester United greats. In fact, many would refer to him as the GOAT.

Ferguson – bowing out on a high

Ferguson went out on a high in 2013, leading United to yet another Premier League title in his final season. He has been a regular visitor to Old Trafford in the years since and has been branded a legend by the club’s supporters.

On his landmark day, some United fans have taken to Twitter to show their appreciation for Ferguson’s tenure.

Here are a selection of their reactions:

Solskjaer’s struggles

Ferguson’s incredible success comes in stark contrast to the predicament current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds himself in.

The Norwegian, who played under Ferguson, has seen his side lose three of their opening six Premier League fixtures.

This has left the Red Devils down in 15th place, hovering not far above the relegation zone. An unthinkable situation for such a proud club.

Already nine points behind leaders Liverpool, things got even worse for United in midweek.

After two outstanding Champions League results against PSG and RB Leipzig, Solskjaer’s men slumped to a humiliating 2-1 defeat at underdogs Istanbul Basaksehir.

The loss included conceding a comical first goal that drew widespread criticism from across the board, including Solskjaer himself.

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Big game ahead

Solskjaer is coming under increased pressure, with sections of the club’s fanbase questioning whether he remains the right man for the job.

He will hope to recover from back-to-back losses when United take on high-flying Everton on Saturday.

A further loss could see United’s board eyeing a replacement during the international break. Any incumbent would be the club’s fifth permanent manager since Ferguson departed seven years ago.

Ferguson had a habit of delivering big results when it mattered most. His protege Solskjaer will hope he can do the same at Goodison Park tomorrow.

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Sam Brookes is an aspiring sports journalist with a background in football analysis. He has written for a number of online publications in recent years, and specialises in English and Italian football.