Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already set sights on his next managerial role if he is sacked by Manchester United, according to reports.
The Norwegian’s position has been placed under intense scrutiny following the heavy 5-0 defeat against Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday — their worst defeat to the Reds in 96 years.
The 50-year-old has been in the job since November 2018 after replacing Jose Mourinho following his sacking.
But in his three-year reign, United have not yet won any silverware despite a total spend of around £500million on player transfers.
Man United’s recent performances have been criticised after losing against Young Boys and West Ham, with concerning displays against Atalanta and Villarreal before late comebacks saw them take all three points.
But the pressure has mounted on Solskjaer as he clings onto his job after their joint-worst Premier League defeat on Sunday.
It is understood United’s managing director Richard Arnold cleared his schedule to meet with the Glazer family on Monday, who are based in the United States, to discuss Solskjaer’s future.
According to Norwegian journalist Jan-Aage Fjortfort, Solskjaer has already made plans for his next role in management should he be relieved of his duties as first-team boss.
“Ole G [Solskjaer] will, as any manager, eventually get the sack,” he tweeted.
“Then he will take some time off. After that he will succeed [Stale] Solbakken (when he says enough is enough) as Norwegian National Coach.”
Solbakken is set to lead Norway to the World Cup in Qatar next year but his contract will expire in December 2022, immediately after the tournament.
That would enable Solskjaer to take a step back from the managerial spotlight and recharge his batteries before taking on the national team job if Fjortfort’s comments are accurate.
If Solskjaer is sacked, a four-man shortlist of potential candidates has been drawn up as United look to replace him.
Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane have been installed as early favourites to land the role.
Ajax coach Erik ten Hag and Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers are also thought to be in the frame.
Solskjaer was defiant in defending his position as United boss after the game on Sunday, insisting he would not step down despite describing Sunday as his “darkest day” in management.
He only signed a new contract in June to keep him at the club until 2024, which would almost certainty guarantee him a lucrative pay-off if he were to be axed by the Red Devils.
The former Molde and Cardiff boss believes he is edging closer to being able to achieve his goals at the club after assembling a squad over the past three years.
“I have come too far, we have come too far as a group. We are too close to give up now,” he said.
“It is going to be a difficult one. The players will be low but there’s loads of characters there.
“We know we are rock bottom, we can’t feel any worse than this. Let’s see where we take it.”
Luke Shaw was one of the few United players who defended Solskjaer, admitting the players had to share their burden of responsibility for their woeful display.
“We are extremely disappointed, it is not good enough, and it hurts a lot,” Shaw said after the game.
“I think football is obviously a team sport, we are in it together and we are all together.
“But I think, as individuals, we need to take responsibility for some of the actions tonight.
“Personally, that is of course why I am here, I am not hiding inside.
“I know I was not at my best tonight, I know I was not good enough, and of course I will take some responsibility for that.”