Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has caused a massive split in the Manchester United fanbase - bigger than a lot of debates that have happened with previous managers at Old Trafford.

Despite the brilliant 3-2 win against Atalanta, United have put in some unconvincing performances and seem to have to go behind to begin playing well in games.

Even with the victory in midweek, United have won just two of their past six matches, which shows the rut they were in.

There was mounting pressure after the 4-2 loss at Leicester City as, for the first time in Solskjaer's reign, it felt like the tide was turning with supporters.

In my eyes, you can want the manager to stay and be successful, but still criticise when things go wrong.

It will always be hard to turn your back on Solskjaer because of his legendary status but can anyone blame the United supporters who are criticising the Norwegian?

I mean, I find the abuse he's got from some people quite frankly disgusting, but this is his third season in the dugout. He should be open to criticism if United aren't playing well.

Some people have been calling for Solskjaer to go, while others want him to stay and be successful. I'm a believer in always backing the manager, but you have to consider why a significant number of fans want him to leave.

There's no denying that United have been so poor. They've lacked an identity, failed to dominate matches and looked all over the place in their formation. Is this too critical? I don't think so because even people who have faith in Solskjaer have criticised him in these areas. Gary Neville is the perfect example of this.

However, Solskjaer's job is under no immediate danger. The MEN understands he has full support from the Manchester United board.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the manager / head coach of Manchester United reacts during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Manchester United and Atalanta at Old Trafford on October 20, 2021 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Solskjaer's job is safe for now (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

This might surprise the supporters who want Solskjaer to leave, but it's not a shock to me. Why? Well, we'll have to look back at the history of United sacking managers to determine why they won't sack Solskjaer, even if he loses to Liverpool on Sunday.

When David Moyes was dismissed in April 2014, United's hierarchy only did the deed when it was mathematically impossible to qualify for the Champions League.

Although Louis van Gaal was sacked at United at the end of the 2015/16 season, his fate was already sealed months before. The game that I'd pinpoint where the club knew they had to act was an insipid 2-1 defeat at Sunderland.

At the time, there were multiple reports from credible sources that the Glazers had contacted Jose Mourinho's representatives. That proved to be true, but even then, United were nine points shy of the top four with 13 games to go. Another big margin.

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Then there was Jose Mourinho, who was sacked in December 2018 after a string of poor performances and ructions in the Old Trafford dressing room. He was dismissed the day after United lost 3-1 to Liverpool, which left them 19 points off top and eight points off fourth. This can only be good news for Solskjaer as he is nowhere near where Mourinho was when he left the club.

Now, if you look at where United are in the league at the moment, they're only one point off the top four spots and eight points from the summit. It could go either way as this is a crucial stage in the season, but it's by no means a crisis to United's hierarchy.

Defeat to Liverpool could make those above Solskjaer change their positive stance, but don't bank on it.

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