Potentially alienating Rashford, who was United’s second top scorer with 21 goals in all competitions last year, would be just as naive and foolish as his decision to play Maguire at the weekend.
It’s hard to see a scenario where he salvages this situation and gets United back on course for silverware and a serious title bid.
The noises coming from Old Trafford are that Solskjaer retains the backing of the board – understandably so considering they backed him with a new deal just months ago.
But there will be a point where enough is enough.
Ferguson’s comments on Ronaldo last month, although probably not intended for public consumption, should be a concern.
The Scot still wields a high level of influence in Manchester – and if he loses faith in Solskjaer, then it’s a foregone conclusion that others will follow.
It won’t be lost on the Old Trafford hierarchy that Chelsea are currently perched comfortably at the top of the Premier League.
They faced a similar scenario with club legend Frank Lampard. The Blues faced a public backlash after ruthlessly axing Lampard, but Thomas Tuchel has helped elevate an underperforming squad to another level.
Perhaps that’s something to ponder because right now, United look destined to be left adrift in the title race with Solskjaer at the helm.
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