Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have avoided the chop so far but

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have avoided the chop so far but ‘s manager certainly isn’t out of the woods yet.

He always knew a tough set of fixtures lay in store throughout October and November, games that would test how far United have progressed in nearly three years of his leadership.

So far, United have failed the test miserably, losing 4-2 at , humiliated 5-0 by and outclassed by last time out in a game they were fortunate to only lose by two.

Bruno Fernandes (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo (right) couldn't hide their frustration during Manchester United's 5-0 defeat by Liverpool last month

Bruno Fernandes (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo (right) couldn’t hide their frustration during Manchester United’s 5-0 defeat by Liverpool last month

Under pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has held crisis talks with senior players

Under pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has held crisis talks with senior players 

They have twice required moments of Cristiano Ronaldo magic to take four points from the available six against Atalanta, keeping their Champions League campaign alive.

But there’s no hiding the stench of weakness and vulnerability around Old Trafford.Even matches such as Saturday’s trip to Watford, which ordinarily they should win comfortably, have become fraught with danger for Solskjaer.

After that, it’s Villarreal, Chelsea and Arsenal in quick succession. There has to be positive results in those games otherwise Solskjaer may not even be around to oversee a kinder festive schedule.

It's been a tough watch for United fans in recent weeks with four defeats from six in the league

It’s been a tough watch for United fans in recent weeks with four defeats from six in the league

Solskjaer summoned six senior players — captain Harry Maguire, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic — to a to figure out how to salvage the season and save his job.

There are certainly plenty in the side who must now step up and perform if United are to avoid another season drifting by without success.

 

Bruno Fernandes

There was always going to be a lull with Bruno Fernandes, who had been in outstanding form ever since he arrived at United in January 2020.

Just the four goals so far this season — of which three came on the opening weekend against Leeds — points to a man out of sorts but really the Portuguese is a victim of his own success.

28 goals and 17 assists last season was always going to be a hard act to follow, so what is more worrying is that Fernandes has cut such a frustrated figure so far this season.

Fernandes hasn't been afraid to show his frustration on the pitch as United have stumbled

Fernandes hasn’t been afraid to show his frustration on the pitch as United have stumbled

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