Manchester United have made contact with Mauricio Pochettino after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were trashed by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, reports say.
According to The Daily Star, Pochettino is back on the Red Devils’ radar – which will put Solskjaer under pressure.
The Argentine was sacked by Daniel Levy last November just six months after he led Spurs to the Champions League final.
And executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has now decided that enough is enough.
Man United have conceded 11 goals in three Premier League games so far and the Norwegian may find himself facing the firing squad sooner rather than later.
Jose Mourinho seized the opportunity to put his former side to the sword with a ruthless streak he never really got the chance to show off at Old Trafford.
Despite his obvious flaws, the Portuguese won the Europa League and League Cup, and was rewarded for his efforts with below par signigs such as Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, before promptly being given the boot.
Woodward ultimately made the right decision to get rid of Mourinho at the time, but it was a big mistake to ever appoint Solskjaer as his successor.
The Norwegian famously made a name for himself as a super-sub from the bench during his playing career and in a way very little has changed.
Solskjaer earned a permanent contract after a famous comeback win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
Whilst he was worked his magic with the front three of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, United’s defensive issues have left a lot to be desired.
Lindelof has never looked particularly confident alongside Harry Maguire while the club captain’s performances have been called into question.
And Luke Shaw has regressed alarmingly after his fractured relationship with Mourinho. Per SofaScore, he lost possession 16 times against Spurs whilst committing three fouls and only winning four out of eleven ground duels.
Looking at Solskjaer’s CV alone may leave some wondering why he was ever appointed in the first place. Cardiff City were relegated to the Championship during his first season in charge, winning only seven games in the Premier League and amassing 30 points.
Woodward is unwilling to sack the club legend during the international break. But he could pull the plug unless he sees a dramatic turnaround in terms of results.
He is also a big fan of Pochettino, who is not short of potential suitors, and club chiefs have made contact with his camp. The Argentine is held in high regard, with Mourinho even suggesting he did an “incredible job” during his spell at Spurs.
Such a humiliating defeat for United should be enough to see the back of Solskjaer and Pochettino brought in. It won’t, but time is running out.