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Man Utd verdict: Red Devils fans are trying their hardest not to turn on Solskjaer as atmosphere saves boss vs Atalanta

THE LAST THING this crowd wants to do, or is going to do is turn on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

His place in their hearts was given a permanent place on a May night in Barcelona back in 1999.

There was plenty more to love as the Baby Faced Assassin took down opponents in the most glorious of glory years at this club.

Which is why it pains the match going faithful when things are not going his way much more than when the other incumbents post-Fergie in the hottest of managerial seats were starting to shuffle.

They took their time to turn on David Moyes, Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho mind you.

Of those the booing that greeted Van Gaal when he mounted the steps of Wembley to get his FA Cup winners medal was the worst of it.

Steve Bruce would have loved the atmosphere they enjoyed in their final days given what he has been through.

But it wasn’t so hard to say goodbye, they wanted them out and the board could read the mood.


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This is a lot, lot harder.

Not only because you can see the progress he has made, it’s there in red and white, from third to second last season.

But he had hit a very big brick wall before this meeting with Atalanta.

So the faithful did everything to lift him and lift the team.

They belted out ‘Ole’s at the wheel’ before kick-off, they even cheered him as he went down the tunnel at the break after the initial boos for the team’s performance had filtered away.

In turn he applauded them.

It was the same when he reappeared for the second-half and he tried to urge the crowd for more.

There are some cords that cannot be broken.

At times in the first period particularly he looked on helpless as his team went 2-0 down.

The fans didn’t know where to turn their ire.

There is no point turning to the Directors box anymore. Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward is sick of being made the scapegoat so he’s off in a couple of months.

And you simply cannot argue against the money lavished on this team, money that he told the Glazers had to be spent.

So while there was plenty of moans and groans as passes went astray the full concentration was on lifting the side.

Not just because it’s their team, but it’s Ole’s and they so much want it to work for him.

The second-half was an example of what this crowd can do, do for their team and their manager.

It is why Sir Bobby Charlton called this famous ground The Theatre of Dreams.

It was deafening when Cristiano Ronaldo completed the comeback.

This was a three points earned by every Red Devil in the ground.

Solskjaer will need every one of the 70 plus thousand on Sunday when Liverpool visit and one thing he can be certain of is they will be there for him.

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