To the utter joy of every other fan base in the country, Manchester United have been absolutely dreadful over their last two games in all competitions, putting further question marks over the head of current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In classic style, Paddy Power have got involved in the developing chaos at Manchester United with their own odds on the subject, where they’ve picked out a selection of possibilities for Solskjaer’s future at the former Red Devils player’s expense.
Paddy Power set crosshair on Manchester United manager
Last year, we saw the expectedly disastrous third and final season for Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager. In his place came former player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and with him he brought nostalgia and a sense of togetherness that appeased the increasingly nervous Manchester United faithful. Some would even go as far as saying that he’s also brought an immense feeling of bewilderment and misplaced arrogance, which has only become harder to ignore as results have continued to go against his supposedly ‘new-look’ outfit.
As a professional football club, Manchester United are a million miles away from what they were a decade ago. They currently sit six points away from fourth and a frankly embarrassing thirty-three points short of top place Liverpool, who also happen to be – or are meant to be – a league rival. The club is in a mess, top players are either looking to leave or under-performing, fans are turning on a variety of aspects of the club, and if the conspiracy theories are true, even sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t help, as their troubles are more than just skin deep.
The truth in many of these factors is hard to doubt, but it doesn’t stop Paddy Power from attempting to lighten the mood with their humorous markets. In this instance, they’ve looked to predict Manchester United manager Solskjaer’s next move, throwing in some peculiar options for sh*ts and giggles.
Bookmakers predicting Solskajer to revert to Plan B
In the list of odds made available by Paddy Power in their market on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s next permanent job, you’re given the option to bet on funny options such as becoming a PE teacher at 7/2, taking on Terence Kongolo as a client at 500/1, turning his focus to working as a panelist on Loose Women at 500/1, or replacing Prince Harry in the Royal Family at 500/1.
Although these options are enjoyable to see, the market does offer some insight into where the Norwegian may end up when his time at Manchester United comes to an end. The shortest priced option comes as no surprise, with odds of 2/1 for him to go back to former club Molde after returning to the club twice already. It does, however, escalate significantly after this point, with the option of becoming a PE teacher marked as the second shortest price.
It could be bias against Manchester United or a more straightforward dislike for a person completely unqualified to be in charge of an institution as absolutely colossal as Manchester United, but it feels like even neutral football fans will find a surprising feeling of relaxation from seeing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer banged to rights and away from the club.
Of course, it’s been immensely enjoyable to see a man with absolutely no credibility or, well, ability in charge of Manchester United, as it’s only favoured every other capable team in the Premier League. That being said, having someone as utterly clueless as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the position he’s in puts doubt into the minds of everyone. It is not a way of saying ‘you can do anything’, but more a ‘life really is a wonderful yet utterly demoralising thing.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Next Permanent Job Odds on Paddy Power
Molde FK manager – 2/1
PE teacher – 7/2
Man Utd U15s manager – 10/1
To manage any National League club – 10/1
To manage any National League North club – 16/1
Cardiff City manager – 20/1
Salford City manager – 20/1
To manage any National League South club – 25/1
Man Utd Director of Football – 50/1
Liverpool manager – 500/1
In Play Football Trader at Paddy Power – 500/1
Newlands / Castle Park Over 35s manager – 500/1
Terence Kongolo’s agent – 500/1
Kilbarrack United manager – 500/1
Man City manager – 500/1
Plumber – 500/1
Painter & decorator – 500/1
Panelist on Loose Women – 500/1
To replace Harry in the Royal Family – 500/1
Parish priest – 500/1