Man United players’ texts to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward after Liverpool defeat

While there has been criticism of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and some of his squad members after another dispiriting defeat, the manager still has his backers.

The Manchester United boss has found himself under increased pressure after his team was beaten 5-0 at home by Liverpool to sit seventh in the Premier League.

A number of potential successors to the Norwegian have been mooted, including Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers and former Premier League title winner Antonio Conte, while Zinedine Zidane remains on United’s radar after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season.

Still, while there has reportedly been backlash against Solskjaer’s decisions – including, reportedly, from within his own squad – there has also been support for the Norwegian.

According to ESPN, a number of United players sent personal messages of support to Solskjaer and to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward after the Liverpool defeat.

The report claims some also sought clarity from Woodward over the managerial situation, while there is also said to have been an acknowledgement from playing staff that their own poor form has played a part in the current predicament.

It has been suggested that Solskjaer has three games to save his job, with United reportedly prepared to act during the international break if results do not pick up before then.

Rodgers has shot to the top of United’s shortlist, according to new reports, with his Leicester team currently behind the Red Devils on goal difference following successive fifth-place finishes in the Premier League.

The meeting between the two teams in October went the way of Rodgers’ men, with three goals in the final 15 minutes giving Leicester a 4-2 victory.

While Conte and Zidane also remain under consideration, the financial cost of the former is said to be a potential stumbling block., while Solskjaer and his team would likely require significant payouts if dismissed.

However, unlike the other two men, Rodgers would command a significant payout to his club if a deal is to be done.

United’s next game comes away to Tottenham Hotspur, where they came from behind to win 3-1 last season after goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood.

The Leicester defeat ended an unbeaten away run going back more than a year, and Solskjaer’s men face another trip on Tuesday night when they take on an Atalanta side who opened up a 2-0 lead over them at Old Trafford.

After that, there’s another high-stakes game on home soil as Manchester City come to town hoping to go one better than last season’s goalless draw.