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A win for Solskjaer's job? How Man Utd could line-up against Everton

The Norwegian is on the brink of the sack at Old Trafford after suffering defeat at the hands of Basaksehir in the Champions League

9:30am on Friday 6th November 2020
Martin Macdonald

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing the prospect of being sacked as manager of Manchester United should they lose against Everton on Saturday.

The Red Devils haven't enjoyed a good start to their Premier League campaign and currently sit 15th in the table with just two wins from their opening six matches.

The Champions League had previously been giving them respite as they won impressively away at PSG before demolishing RB Leipzig 5-0 at home.


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However, their domestic gloom has now reached European duties, too, as on Wednesday they were defeated by Basaksehir 2-1 in the Champions League. It wasn't just the result, but the manner of the result, too, as United displayed some of the most woeful defending you'll see on a football pitch, at any level, this season.

That was preceded by a 1-0 loss at home to Arsenal, so the heat is now on for Solskjaer to get something at Goodison Park.

He'll have Anthony Martial available to him after the Frenchman completed his three-match suspension after being sent off in the 6-1 defeat against Tottenham.

United are still missing Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard, and Phil Jones for the Everton game, but none would have started anyway.

Alex Telles is still currently in isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.

With the way they performed against Basaksehir, nobody would have the right to complain if they were dropped for the Everton game.

Donny van de Beek was given a start, but was withdrawn after the hour mark.

United desperately lacked energy in midfield, so Fred and Scott McTominay could be recalled to the starting XI.

There is plenty of goals in the likely front four - Marcus Rashford, Martial, Bruno Fernandes, and Mason Greenwood - but someone will have to step up and be counted.

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