Why Newcastle takeover could ‘trigger’ Man Utd into sacking Solskjaer

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Steve Bruce

Both managers are under pressure to improve team performances (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United could be prepared to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if Newcastle look at tempting a big name to replace Steve Bruce.

That’s the opinion of former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips, who says results under the Norwegian have ‘not been good enough’ of late.

While Solskjaer remains under constant pressure to deliver silverware this season, at the other end of the table Bruce is fighting to save his job at Newcastle.

Following the £300m Saudi-backed takeover going through last week, speculation has been rife over whether the experienced boss will remain in charge despite Newcastle sitting second bottom of the table and yet to win a league game this season.

Plenty of big names have been linked with taking the reins at the Toon if Bruce is sacked, including Antonio Conte, Zinedine Zidane, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

And Phillips feels United won’t want to pass up the opportunity when it comes to free agents Conte and Zidane.

Conte and Zidane

Could Antonio Conte or Zinedine Zidane be managing in the Premier League soon? (Picture: Claudio Villa – Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

‘Solskjaer is under big pressure at the moment,’ Phillips told Football Insider.

‘Every week you step on to the touchline at Manchester United you are under pressure though. It is the nature of the job.

‘The results and performances of late have not been good enough. There needs to be an improvement after the international break.

‘The new ownership at Newcastle may trigger things in the United boardroom. They might make a decision if they fear Newcastle are going to take one of the top managers out there.

‘I do not want to see any manager lose their job. But, put it this way, I would not be surprised if something happened quickly if Man United struggle in their next few games.

‘United would not want a Conte or a Zidane going to Newcastle.’

Solskjaer and Bruce will both be hoping to still be in the dugout when they return to action this weekend with United taking on Leicester and Newcastle facing Tottenham.


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