Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under further pressure after Manchester United were outscored 2-0 by Manchester City on Saturday while Burnley ended Chelsea’s Premier League winning streak.
Eric Bailly’s self-owning goal and Bernardo Silva’s strike on the stroke of half-time made the difference at Old Trafford, but there was a huge quality gap between the teams at the start of kick-off .
Struggling Burnley scored a late-game goal to win a 1-1 draw against Premier League leaders Chelsea, while Norwich rose from the bottom of the table by beating Brentford 2-1 for their first league win of the season – then sacked coach Daniel Farke.
Two weeks after their embarrassing 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Liverpool, United were again clearly second best at home.
Only a breathtaking series of saves by goalkeeper David de Gea prevented Solskjaer’s men from making yet another humiliation in a game in which they could only get one shot on target.
United have won just one of their last six Premier League games, giving Solskjaer – and club bosses – something to ponder during the international break.
Last week’s 3-0 win at Tottenham gave Solskjaer hope his side had passed the milestone and a late goal from Cristiano Ronaldo earned them a valuable Champions League point against Atalanta in midweek .
The Norwegian admitted his men, who finished second behind City in the Premier League table last season, were well below par at Old Trafford.
But despite the string of poor results, he said he didn’t feel on borrowed time at the club, which last won the silverware in 2017.
“I have good communication with the club all the time and it is very frank and honest about the situation,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“I work for Man United and I want the best for Man United and of course as long as I’m here I want to do what I can to improve that.” City rightly took the lead just in the seventh minute when Bailly sliced through Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net.
Spain goalkeeper De Gea almost single-handedly kept the score 1-0 but was behind City’s second goal when Silva stretched a leg to meet the Cancelo cross and the United striker allowed the ball to squeeze into its own net.
“The best way to shut down Old Trafford is to have the ball with a lot of passing and attacking the area at the right time and we did it,” said City boss Pep Guardiola. “We played a very good game.
LATE AMAZED CHELSEA
Chelsea were frustrated when Matej Vydra’s late equalizer ended the European Champions’ four-game winning streak despite 25 shots from the home side.
The Blues led by a header from Kai Havertz in the first half and were 11 minutes behind five points before Vydra stabbed at point blank range.
“Of course I’m disappointed,” Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said. “If we played this game 100 times, we would win 99 times. Today we did not win it.
“The second goal would have decided. It is always possible that you miss a ball, a cross, and it can happen. Liverpool can now move one point closer to the leaders if they beat West Ham on Sunday.
NORWICH WINS THEN SACK FARKE
Elsewhere, first-half goals from Mathias Normann and Teemu Pukki earned Norwich their first win of the season.
But it was followed by the dismissal of coach Daniel Farke almost immediately afterwards.
A statement from Norwich said: “Norwich City can confirm that head coach Daniel Farke has left the club with immediate effect.
“Daniel is leaving Carrow Road after overseeing 208 competitive games at the helm over a four-and-a-half-year period.
“Backstage staff Eddie Riemer, Chris Domogalla and Christopher John have all left the club as well.
“The club will be releasing a new staff update on their first team in due course. “
Sporting Director Stuart Webber said: “As we continue to demand the best for our football club, this decision has not been easy.
“I know how determined Daniel and his team were to be successful at this level, but we believe the time has come for a change to give us the best opportunity to maintain our Premier League status.
“Everyone in Norwich City should be forever grateful to Daniel and his staff for the important role they played in our trip. They helped win two league titles, many memorable moments and they all fully embraced our philosophy and what it means to be a part of this football club.
“Daniel and his team will always be welcome here. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their hard work and wish them well for the future.
“It is important that we now look to the future. We have 27 league games left and a long way to go this season. We know that we have the capacity within our team of players and our staff to start earning points and move up the rankings. “
Norwich had briefly recovered from the bottom of the table, beating Brentford 2-1 for their first league win of the season. Newcastle fell off the table on goal difference thanks to a point in Brighton.
The Magpies have reportedly reached a tentative deal with former Bournemouth manager Howe to take over at St James’ Park, more than two weeks after head coach Steve Bruce left following a takeover led by the Saudis.
But despite the enormous resources at his disposal, Howe faces a huge task just to keep the Northeastern club in the English top flight.
Newcastle were again the second best and lucky to escape with a draw thanks to Isaac Hayden’s strike in the second half to undo Leandro Trossard’s penalty.
Crystal Palace is in ninth place as Wilfried Zaha and Conor Gallagher scored in a 2-0 win over Wolves.