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Man United call ’emergency meeting’ to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tonight

Manchester United have called an emergency meeting to discuss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future as manager, hours after a humiliating 4-1 loss against Watford on Saturday.

United board members will attend a virtual meeting at 7pm, with Solskjaer’s compensation terms on the agenda.

Supporters hoped to see a positive reaction at Vicarage Road after the dismal derby defeat to Manchester City last time out.

Hopes were high after two weeks away during the international break would have given fans, coaches and players a chance to refresh amid a horrid run.

However, the afternoon quickly became a horror show for United, who have now lost five of their last seven Premier League games.

Josh King, Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis contributed to the rout, with Donny van de Beek netting a consolation goal off the bench.

And it could have been the final straw for United’s higher-ups, who are set to discuss a change in manager imminently.

According to The Times, United have called an emergency meeting in reaction to Saturday’s damning result.

A virtual discussion has been scheduled for 7pm, with Solskjaer’s compensation terms on the agenda.

Amid the Norwegian boss’ doubtful future, the Glazers have instructed club officials to push harder for Zinedine Zidane.

United will subsequently accelerate attempts to lure the former Real Madrid manager to Old Trafford.

Zidane holds doubts over moving to the Premier League midway through the current season.

But United are ready to increase the financial package he would receive if he were to succeed Solskjaer in the hot seat.

The Red Devils could announce Solskjaer’s departure as early as tonight, depending on what unfolds.

But even if the board reach a decision, the announcement could be slightly delayed until a replacement is identified.

United have big fixtures on the horizon, including trips to Villarreal and Chelsea in the next week.

With their Champions League status still hanging in the balance, the club won’t want to travel to Spain without a manager.

Finding a quick resolution so results don’t suffer further will likely be a key reason why the club are holding a meeting so soon after the Watford defeat.

Mike Phelan recently signed a new contract at Old Trafford, which could lead to him taking interim charge.

But if Solskjaer is sacked, Kieran McKenna, Michael Carrick, Eric Ramsay and the rest of his coaching staff will likely follow.

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