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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sack date clearer after Zinedine Zidane outlines Man United stance

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United tenure is hanging by a thread, with reports that replacements are already being sounded out.

The beleaguered United boss has spent the last week back in Norway, giving his players that weren’t on international duty a week’s break.

That was a decision which was met with surprise, particularly in the aftermath of their chastening derby day defeat to Manchester City.

But instead of an immediate autopsy, Solskjaer has allowed his struggling squad a brief reprieve, with training set to resume on Monday morning.

International breaks are always a perilous time for Premier League managers, just ask Daniel Farke and Dean Smith.

The two-week period to allow a new coach to be hired and subsequently settled in is sometimes too appealing a prospect to turn down.

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But unlike Norwich City and Aston Villa, United have stood behind their man and Solskjaer looks destined to still be in charge when they take on Watford next weekend.

However, there is still a sense that he is on borrowed time. And with every negative result only adding to the scrutiny, it’s a situation which could run and run.

The decision to stick with Solskjaer may be borne as much out of support for Solskjaer as an apparent lack of suitable replacements.

Antonio Conte’s move to Tottenham was undoubtedly a blow after the Italian had been heavily linked with the Old Trafford post just weeks before.

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A look around the available candidates and it stands to reason why United are yet to bite the bullet and dispense their legendary former player.

According to various reports, Mauricio Pochettino, Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers are all on the shortlist.

But that trio all have one thing in common. A reluctance to take on English football’s biggest job in the middle of the season.

Leicester City boss Rodgers is ambitious and upwardly mobile, but feels leaving the Foxes midway through the campaign would be a mistake, with the chances of silverware still strong.

Pochettino is another who would be open to take the role, but with the opportunity to lead Paris Saint-Germain to their maiden Champions League crown, any move for him would likely be delayed until next year.

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Zidane is the only coach of the three to not be in a job at the moment, but like the other two, he would rather have a full pre-season in any prospective new role.

The respective circumstances of the three candidates could lead to a stay of execution for the seemingly doomed boss.

That may not be a popular tactic, but after failing to suitably replace Sir Alex Ferguson in eight years, United need to get this appointment right.

Time, and a bit of patience could be valuable.

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Man Utd ready to agree net £34million+ contract for signing, guarantee stability for decades – AS

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Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

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The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

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Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

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AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

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The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

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At Old Trafford, Ten Hag does not have a specialist holding midfield star and someone like Casemiro will largely improve the squad. However, the question is, should Man Utd spend £68million to sign a player who will turn 31 next year?

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Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

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Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

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Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

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The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

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Charlie McNeill called up to Manchester United first team training

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Erik ten Hag has called up Charlie McNeill to first team training, with the young striker pictured in training on Wednesday.

The call up is a great way for McNeill to make an impression on the Manchester United manager, amid a tricky start to the season.

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McNeill was an unused substitute in Manchester United’s final pre-season friendly in at Old Trafford against Rayo Vallecano.

This was the closest the young striker has come to the first team, and he was back with the under-21s to start the season

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McNeill was a substitute in United’s most recent under-21 fixture, with Spanish striker Mateo Mejia preferred.

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But it was McNeill who got the nod to join Erik ten Hag’s most recent training session, where he was pictured alongsie Christian Eriksen, James Garner, Scott McTominay and Tyrell Malacia

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