Man Utd plot to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if Norwich loss follows Liverpool woe
The Red Devils manager was handed the job on a full-time basis in late March after a successful spell as interim boss.
But the honeymoon phase following Jose Mourinho’s departure has since turned sour.
United have begun the 2019/20 campaign in even worse form than they finished last season.
Solskjaer’s injury-plagued side is short of depth off the back of their activity in the summer transfer window, and they now sit 12th in the Premier League table.
United have under-performed in the Europa League too and they are worryingly close to the relegation zone now as well as 18th-placed Everton are just two points behind them.
Sunday’s 1-0 loss at fellow strugglers Newcastle was a big shock to the club and after the international break a daunting visit from arch-rivals and table toppers Liverpool awaits.
The crunch showdown at Old Trafford on Sunday, October 20 is then followed by an away game in the Europa League against Serbian side Partizan Belgrade on the Thursday, before United travel to newly promoted Norwich on Sunday 27.
The match at Carrow Road could yet prove to be the clincher for Solskjaer.
While United chiefs acknowledge they need to give the Norwegian time to rectify the long-standing issues with the team, having given him a three-year contract in March too, there are real concerns with the current situation.
Starsport understands Ed Woodward fears senior players are losing faith with the manager and he is now battling to save his job.
There is no intention from the Glazers to panic and sack Solskjaer during the international break.
However, according to The Scottish Sun , United are looking at the Norwich game as the acid test for the manager.
So long as United do not endure a complete capitulation against Liverpool, Solskjaer will escape that match as it is already widely expected Jurgen Klopp’s title favourites will prevail at Old Trafford.
But defeats to Liverpool and then Norwich would leave United with nine points from 10 games.
This has already been the club’s worst ever start to a Premier League season.
And it is said there would be no coming back from a loss at Norwich for Solskjaer.
An array of options are already being touted as potential successors for what would be United’s fifth manager in six years.
Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers are leading candidates with bookmakers, while out-of-work former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is also a possibility.
Looking beyond United’s next three games, it does not get much easier for Solskjaer either as a Carabao Cup fourth-round tie at Chelsea follows before United go to 10th-placed Bournemouth its the start of November.