The importance of today’s game against Chelsea

According to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, the future of Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be decided by the result of today’s game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash to Sky Sports, the former Liverpool man said:

“I think this one is a real big one. I don’t think it’s just about this season but both managers, young managers, know it will have a big bearing on how they can do their job going forward.

“Champions League football means more money, you can attract more players, so it means they’re in a position then to have better seasons next season and also do a better job over the long term at the clubs they’re at.

“Chelsea, with the lead they have, being at home, if they could reverse the result they had at Old Trafford and get the win against Manchester United they might be in too strong a position to be caught, certainly by Manchester United.

“I think it will be tough [to qualify for the Champions League if United lose]. They’ve got Manchester City in a couple of weeks, which is always tough for anyone. And sometimes it’s not just the points gap, it’s how many teams are involved.”