Ed Woodward’s U-turn after catching Ole Gunnar Solskjaer off-guard and ‘making up his mind’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting for his life at Manchester United.

And updates on his future aren’t exactly positive, with claims Ed Woodward and co. are looking at alternatives to the Red Devils boss.

Two recent reports on Solskjaer contradict each other somewhat and show just how quickly things can change in football – especially after two defeats by your biggest rivals.

Woodward has backed Solskjaer up until this point and a moment behind the scenes at Old Trafford rubberstamped this only a few weeks ago.

Solskjaer was in his office working on his plans for Manchester United.

But the Norwegian wasn’t just considering the next few weeks, he was reportedly putting together an extensive plan for the future.

According to The Independent, Woodward walked past Solskjaer’s office while he was privately working on the plan and was impressed by the Norwegian’s dedication.

Woodward apparently liked the fact that Solskjaer sees himself in the job for the long-term and is looking at creating a dynasty, like the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.

The chance moment came as a boost for Solskjaer as Woodward’s opinion has an influence on Joel Glazer, the ultimate decision-maker at United.

The report claimed Woodward ‘made up his mind’ on Solskjaer then and there, suggesting he believes he is the right man to take United forward.

But recent reports, following Man United’s heavy defeat by Liverpool and humbling at the hands of Man City, suggest Woodward is now having second thoughts.

According to The Sun, United have since U-turned on their decision to back Solskjaer and could wield the axe on the Norwegian.

There doesn’t appear to be an obvious plan in place to turn things around and United top brass is getting worried the club will continue to decline.

Man United executive vice-chairman Woodward has allegedly been putting a replacement plan in place on the back of the disappointing defeats.

Woodward’s plan would see the Solskjaer replaced by Ralf Rangnick.

Solskjaer has a few matches left in which to save his job, with United in action against Watford after the international break before Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League.