According to The Sun, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has told his players that the club will sack him if they lose to Tottenham on Wednesday.
The Red Devils’ performances this season have naturally raised a lot of questions over the manager’s future, but the club’s hierarchy have repeatedly emphasized their confidence in the Norwegian’s long-term plans.
But a draw to Aston Villa at home has left United at 9th place, and a very long way to go to break into the top 4.
This was ahead of a testing week ahead, with Spurs traveling to Old Trafford, and a visit to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City.
To make matters worse, Tottenham recently sacked Mauricio Pochettino, who has long been linked with the club. Arsenal is the only other club who are in search of a manager right now, but the Argentine is unlikely to join his former club’s arch-enemies.
There probably won’t be a better time for Ed Woodward to snag Pochettino, and a defeat this week could give him a reason to do so.
Former United head coach Jose Mourinho will be in the Spurs dugout on Wednesday, in yet another twist to this intriguing tale. It was around one year ago that the “Special One” had been sacked by the club following a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
The club is arguably in a worse condition right now, and it’s not far-fetched to think that Solskjær will not be in charge of next Thursday’s clash against AZ in the Europa League.
There is still some hope though. United’s record against top 6 clubs has been exceptional this season, with wins against Chelsea in the Premier League and the Carabao Cup, and a commendable draw against Liverpool at home.
If the Reds can get their misfiring attack sorted out, it might just buy Solskjær time till January to try to reinforce a threadbare squad.