Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Is One Defeat Away From Manchester United's Worst Run For 27 Years

Ole might be at the wheel and the new permanent manager of his beloved Manchester United but he could soon be the holder of an unwanted record.

In his first 15 games in charge, Solskjaer guided United to 12 wins, two draws and one defeat - that coming against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16 first leg.

The Norwegian also equalled the Premier League win record for a new boss as well as the biggest points tally a top-flight manager has ever managed in their first opening ten games.

But while his audition was enough for him to get his dream job on a full-time basis, things haven't been going smooth of late as United have lost four of their last five games - to Arsenal, Wolves (twice) and most recently Barcelona.

Should United lose to West Ham, a side that have already beaten this once this season, it will be five defeats in six - something that hasn't happened since 1992 when Sir Alex Ferguson was in the relatively early days of his glittering stint in the Old Trafford hotseat.

Still, Solskjaer remains optimistic as ever and is confident his side will secure an automatic place in next season's Champions League if they take 15 points out of a possible 18 from now until the end of the season.

Image: PA
Image: PA

"We need as many points as possible and I think if we do get 15 we'll be top three," Solskjaer said in his pre-West Ham presser, as per Manchester Evening News.

"Because in those games hopefully we'll beat Chelsea as well. But now it's about three points against West Ham and focusing on a good performance to give us three points.

"We want to be in that race to get in the top three. But of course, top four is also an aim if we don't get 15. But we should aim for 15 points."

United are currently in sixth place in the league, three points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and five off Chelsea in third, although they do have a game in hand.

Josh Lawless

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