Man United could sensationally sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this week as the fall-out from the 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool on Sunday continues, according to reports.
Solskjaer’s side were embarrassed by their north-west rivals at Old Trafford and suffered their third Premier League defeat of the season.
It has long been believed that United’s owners, the Glazer family, have full confidence in Solskjaer but that position might have been changed by the heavy defeat against the Reds.
Mohamed Salah struck a superb hat-trick and there were goals each for Naby Keita and Diogo Jota on a humiliating day for Solskjaer and his players.
Paul Pogba was sent off for a horrible tackle on Keita only 15 minutes after being introduced by his boss at half-time. The Frenchman has handed Solskjaer further issues as he will be suspended for United’s next three games.
However, there is now a chance that the Norwegian will not be in charge for much longer.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the Old Trafford hierarchy are considering sacking the head coach before Saturday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham.
Solskjaer was rewarded with a new contract in July after the owners were pleased by the progress made under his management.
A £120million spending spree during the summer transfer window was designed to help the 48-year-old go one better than last season’s second-place finish.
It was the highest United had placed in the Premier League since 2018, even though they were 12 points behind rivals Manchester City.
Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and club legend Cristiano Ronaldo all arrived in the hope of winning a first top-flight title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season.
But only Ronaldo has made anything like the impact expected. Sancho was an unused substitute against Liverpool while Varane has spent large parts of the campaign injured.
Defeat by Liverpool was United’s third in the league and their fourth in all competitions. The Red Devils have now not won a Premier League match in four attempts.
Should he remain, SOlskjaer at least has a free week to prepare for Spurs. But that is only because his side have already been knocked out of the EFL Cup.
The former United striker has insisted that he will remain in charge.
“I have come too far to give up. I am not built that way,” Solskjaer told the BBC.
“The feeling we have had is we were getting where we wanted to be but in the last few weeks results haven’t come and we have hit a brick wall. We have conceded too many easy goals and that is a concern.
“I am still thinking about tomorrow’s work, we are all low. This is the lowest I have been but I accept the responsibility, that is mine and mine going forward.
“I do believe in myself, I do believe I am getting close to what I want with the club.
“The results lately haven’t been good enough. Hands up, that brings doubt in anyone’s mind but I have to keep strong and I do believe in what we have been doing.”
Defender Harry Maguire added to the BBC: “It hurts. The boys are devastated, it is not good enough, nowhere near good enough.
“I am not here to analyse the game. It is not good enough. Our fans stuck with us throughout. We apologise to them, they deserve more. We have to move on and we have to improve.
“At the moment I am hurt, disappointed, I am looking at myself, every player should do. Every player has to look at themselves because to lose that game in the way we did is nowhere near good enough.”