Manchester United owner Joel Glazer could be about to make two big mistakes at Old Trafford.
The first is standing by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is patently out of his depth. And the second is not spending a penny when the transfer window reopens in January.
Manchester United expected a big season under Solskjaer after spending lavishly on reinforcements such as Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
But, just like with every other campaign since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, hopes of silverware are already starting to vanish.
United are nine points behind Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title, a dire margin given the two teams have played just 11 games each.
They’re out of the Carabao Cup, too, having been sunk by West Ham in their showdown back in September.
And United would likely be already out of the Champions League had it not been for the heroics of Ronaldo, who has struck five times in the competition from six outings so far.
Now, Glazer could be about to make two mistakes.
The first, as mentioned above, is holding fire on Solskjaer.
Though there’s no denying United have made progress under the Norwegian, the brutal truth is that expectations have fallen.
The 48-year-old has done well because he’s stabilised a sinking ship. At least in previous years, with third and second-placed Premier League finishes.
But United have got nowhere near challenging for the title with Solskjaer in charge, often trailing Liverpool and Manchester City in the race for the prize.
Solskjaer’s CV has Cardiff and Molde on it.
And with all due respect to the Norwegian, he simply doesn’t have the credentials to guide United to the trophies they covet most.
Solskjaer doesn’t know how to get the best from his defenders, with the Red Devils letting in far too many goals.
And the Norwegian has appeared at a loss when it comes to fixing his side’s midfield, which is inferior when compared to their rivals.
United desperately need points on the board.
But if Solskjaer is still in charge come this time next week, when they face Watford, the Red Devils will be risking it all.
This international break would have been the perfect time to wield the axe due to the fact it would give the club a fortnight to bring in a replacement.
Yet with United refusing to pull the trigger, they now risk results getting even worse.
There’s been no signs of the club improving under Solskjaer this term, even if a recent 3-0 win away at Tottenham did provide some respite.
And Glazer may be about to make another mistake by flatly refusing to spend on players in the New Year.
Of course, Solskjaer and this United side should be doing considerably better even without any more investment.
Yet it’s glaringly obvious they require reinforcements in defence and midfield if they’re to stop their slide down the table.
At full-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot simply don’t cut it.
And Fred and Scott McTominay aren’t good enough in the centre of the field, with United needing a defensive-midfield specialist.
By not signing any players, United risk the same problems being exposed time and time again.
And the more Glazer holds fire, the worse the end result may be.