It was interesting to read the latest reports that the Glazer Family have accepted it is going to be a three year plan to restore Manchester United to the top of the table. Suggestions in the reports that they want to follow the Liverpool blueprint is not one I would disagree with, but Liverpool did follow the guidance of a manager who had won the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund and taken that club to the Champions League Final.
That is certainly a CV that can be trusted much more than Solskjaer's so I am not sure this report means the latter is safe as manager of the club unless results improve.
The other factor at play is that the Glazers seem embedded and unlikely to be going anywhere despite rumours that people out there are interested in purchasing Manchester United from them. It will take a monumental offer to change that and most businessmen are going to weigh up the pros and cons and figure they don't want to massively overpay for a club that still is holding a debt from the buyout in 2005 and who will likely need plenty of cash to invest in the playing staff to get things turned around.
I think we all have to accept it is some road back to being amongst the elite of English and European Football and we don't have to look too far from home to see how far United have fallen. While I can credit the implementation of a plan to restore the club to former glories (or at least credit the report that suggests such a plan has been made), I do worry about the competency of the likes of Ed Woodward and Matt Judge to actually put those theories into effect.
At the moment it all feels like one step forward, two steps back at Old Trafford.
The hope is that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to start to put together a set of positive results that will put the malaise that set in at the end of last season and carried over to this one to the back of the mind. I don't advocate sacking managers months into their tenures, but I am also not going to believe for the sake of believing in someone who has not shown much in his managerial career to suggest that better things are around the corner.
Even if United finished outside of the top four but were playing good football and the development of some of the younger players was beginning to show I would say keep hold of things as they are. Ultimately it is going to be on the performances and results that a real feeling of any improvement will be judged and if they continue to slide as they have ever since Paris back in March, I can't help but think Solskjaer will need to be moved on.
Hopefully the next time I write something down about United we have just been on a run of five or six straight wins in all competitions, but nothing suggests that will be the case.
Then the question will have to change from Will Solskjaer be Given Time to SHOULD Solskjaer Be Given Time. At this moment I still want to back the manager as much as possible, but I'm losing faith in his ability and need some results to just pick up the belief once again.