Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side have failed to deliver over the past two months, winning just one of their last six Premier League games. And reports have emerged explaining just how much the club will have to pay if the 48-year-old is sacked.
Losses to Aston Villa, Liverpool, Leicester and local rivals Manchester City have given Old Trafford chiefs much to think about concerning the Norwegian’s future.
United started the season impeccably, remaining unbeaten in their first five Premier League games with fans excited over a potential title charge.
But just four points from a possible 24 since have put those promises to rest with the club now nine points behind leaders Chelsea.
Solskjaer has taken the brunt of the criticism, with many fans calling for his dismissal if they are to progress domestically.
And the Daily Record has reported that the contract that he signed in August is understood to include a single-season compensation payment if he is sacked.
Solskjaer signed a new three-year deal in August after leading the Red Devils to second place in the Premier League and runners-up in the Europa League.
With the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane over the summer, this season looked to be the most promising in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
But with the club now as close to relegation as they are to the top of the table, Solskjaer’s position looks precarious.
And if they are to get rid of him, it would not take much to sack him and bring in another manager.
The report further goes on to state that Zinedine Zidane could be interested in the job should Solskjaer leave after three years at the helm.
They claim that Zidane is attracted to the opportunity to take charge of former stars Cristano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane, who he managed to three consecutive Champions League titles at Real Madrid.
Alongside their successes together in the Spanish capital, he would supposedly also be able to convince Paul Pogba to stay at the club having tried to sign him for Los Blancos multiple times.
Pogba recently gave an update on his contract situation at Old Trafford, giving United fans plenty of hope in the club’s bid to keep him.
“I enjoy playing at Manchester United,” said Pogba.
“Cristiano is special, he’s one of the best in the world. I love playing with him.”