Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to be on borrowed time at Old Trafford after a string of disappointing results in the opening weeks of the season.
The Red Devils slumped to a humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of fierce rivals Liverpool over the weekend, condemning Solskjaer’s charges to their fifth loss of the campaign in all competitions.
It seemed as though the Norwegian tactician was set to be relieved of his duties in the immediate aftermath of the embarrassing result, but the United hierarchy have given the 48-year-old a final chance to prove his worth.
According to The Telegraph, Solskjaer now has three games to save his job and illustrate his credentials to the club’s chiefs, with potential replacements already being lined up.
The report states that: “Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has effectively been given three games to save his job as Manchester United manager.
“Although senior sources insist it is not ‘absolute’ that Solskjaer will be replaced if results continue to deteriorate before the next international break, the 48-year-old knows he is under serious threat, and more poor results would make the situation untenable.”
Solskjaer deserves a huge amount of credit for the work he has done at United over the last two-and-a-half years.
From overseeing a hugely successful squad rebuild to achieving consecutive top-four finishes in the Premier League for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the Scandinavian has undoubtedly progressed the 20-time English champions both on and off the pitch.
However, the club’s supporters will now be intrigued to see what happens to Solskjaer over the coming days and weeks – recent defeats to Liverpool and Leicester City have increased the pressure, with the Red Devils slipping outside the top six in the Premier League.
And tricky fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur, Atalanta and Manchester City offer him no easy way out of the current slump United find themselves in.
The Telegraph also list Antonio Conte, Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino, and Brendan Rodgers as potential successors, although no contact has been made for any manager yet.
Only time will tell if Solskjaer is able to bring himself back from the brink and get his tenure in charge of the Red Devils back on track, but it’s certainly going to be an interesting time for everyone associated with United.