Manchester United could pay up to £10million in compensation if they sack current boss Louis van Gaal, according to reports from The Sun.
Van Gaal has been under intense scrutiny the past few months after a mediocre series of results, with the club only winning four of the last 18 games while their boring style of football has been criticized by fans and critics.
The Red Devils have fallen behind in the race for the top four and were eliminated from the Champions League group stages, and are also trailing FC Midtjylland 2-1 in the Europa League knock-out phase after the first leg.
This has seen former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho linked with the role, but Van Gaal has the backing of vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
It looks as if the Dutchman will only have his contract terminated if United are mathematically out of the race to finish fourth, in which the club will have to pay £10million to end his role.
Van Gaal has given himself some slight hope after guiding his side to a 3-0 victory over Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Monday.