Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is betting on his own destiny at Manchester United by publicly supporting a flop.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is betting on his own destiny at Manchester United by publicly supporting a flop.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to stick with one Old Trafford star could cost him more than the Carabao Cup.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham in midweek. Manuel Lanzini’s lone goal was enough to quiet Old Trafford and send United crashing out of a competition they were so close to winning last year after reaching the semi-finals.

On Wednesday night, Solskjaer gave Anthony Martial a once-in-a-lifetime chance to impress.

Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s comeback, the Frenchman has been left out in the cold, with fellow veteran Edinson Cavani also obstructing his path to regular Premier League minutes.

With so much offensive competition, chances like Wednesday night are ones Martial needs to take with both hands if he wants to save his United future – yet he delivered a lackluster performance.

Despite this, after the game, Solskjaer defended the misfiring hitman.

“I don’t believe it’s appropriate to discuss specific performances. “Anto was like the rest of the team,” United manager Jose Mourinho remarked.

“We were missing some of that cutting edge, and he understands what we need from him. He’ll keep working till he gets a chance.”

Solskjaer’s will to support Martial is admirable.

But how long can the Norwegian afford to maintain this position?

After a high-profile summer on the transfer market, the stakes have been raised.

Along with Ronaldo’s return, the Old Trafford management approved a £73 million deal for Jadon Sancho, while the Raphael Varane deal might reach £41 million.

With such high expectations, Solskjaer is under pressure to perform – a title is a must this season.

While the Carabao Cup isn’t the richest of competitions, being knocked out so early is another another setback in what has been a terrible month.

Solskjaer is already under fire after his 2-1 Champions League loss to Young Boys earlier this month.

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Another defeat might effectively end United’s chances of winning the Europa League, leaving Solskjaer with only two chances to overcome his trophy drought.

With the stakes so high, Solskjaer is taking a tremendous risk by sticking with Martial.

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