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#OleOut: Sir Alex Ferguson Visits Man Utd Training Ground As Pressure Mount On Club To Sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer As Manager

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Sir Alex Ferguson visited Manchester United ‘s Carrington training ground today (Tuesday) as talks continue on how to handle their current crisis. 

The Red Devils are in disarray after being thrashed 5-0 at home to Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday . 

Ferguson looked visibly frustrated whilst watching the game from the director’s box whilst his former player, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer , is now under serious pressure. 

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It is understood that Solskjaer is set to take charge of Saturday’s clash with Tottenham but is still in danger of the sack as the club consider alternatives. 

 According to reports, Ferguson and former chairman Martin Edwards were present at Carrington, where Solskjaer arrived early in the morning to take first-team training. 

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and fellow director Richard Arnold are reported to have held urgent talks with the Glazer family on Monday after Arnold cancelled all his appointments.

It would appear Ferguson may now have had some role in talks as they continued into Tuesday, although it is unknown the exact reason for his presence at Carrington.

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Woodward was not believed to have been at Carrington on Tuesday having also been absent from Sunday’s thrashing against Liverpool. 

It has been claimed that Ferguson is keen for Solskjaer to keep the job whilst Woodward has also long been a fan of the Norwegian, although final decision on his future will rest with Joel Glazer.

There remains a reluctance to sack Solskjaer with various figures at United uncertain about Antonio Conte as a potential replacement and holding off on any concrete contact despite his interest in the role.

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Ferguson has previously been vocal about the need for patience with Manchester United managers since his retirement in 2013 .

Speaking just two weeks before Louis van Gaal was sacked in 2015, Ferguson said: “It is dead easy to be critical,” Ferguson said at the time.

“You have to be realistic about some things – the number of injuries he has had: Phil Jones has played only seven games this season, Ashley Young, [Antonio] Valencia, [Luke] Shaw, these are big losses.

“It doesn’t matter which team you are, if you have players missing of that calibre it has to have an impact on the team.

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 “The other aspect which is always easy to forget there are also five new players in their first season at United, and two are young players in [Anthony] Martial and Memphis [Depay] and their promise is good. 

“You have to have some patience being a Manchester United fan and they have shown that over the years; in Matt Busby’s time, in my time. 

“For 150 years of history, it is worth having a couple of years on the quiet side of success because they will always come back and come back strong.”

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