Manchester United will consider sacking under-pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season and Gareth Southgate is understood to be a leading contender to replace him.
Solskjaer was given the Old Trafford job permanently in March 2019, however, Man United have been in dreadful form since and are currently experiencing their worst ever Premier League season.
The Daily Mail reports that if results don’t improve then the Norwegian will go and England boss Southgate could take over after Euro 2020.
The report also claims that Man United want Solskjaer to turn things around but senior sources have quoted the ‘Kenny Dalglish scenario’, when Liverpool got rid of the club legend in 2012 which paved the way for Brendan Rodgers and then Jurgen Klopp.
Southgate has done very well at England, guiding them to a fourth-placed finish at the 2018 World Cup
Solskjaer was a fantastic servant as a player, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final but he privately acknowledges that he will not be given three years to win a trophy like Klopp was at Liverpool.
Man United’s season hit a low point this week as they were beaten at home to Burnley for the first time since 1962 leading to fans protesting against the owners.
They have a potentially awkward FA Cup tie on Sunday as they go to League Two Tranmere, who beat Premier League Watford to reach the fourth round.
Man United then play at Manchester City in their Carabao Cup semi-final tie – the Red Devils trailing 3-1 after being humiliated in the first leg at Old Trafford on January 7.
Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was generally viewed as the favourite to get the job should the vacancy arise.
He said: “There’s a manager there who is unbelievable and he’s out of work!
“I could understand [keeping Solskjaer] if there wasn’t anyone available, but the perfect fit with Manchester United is Pochettino and I can’t believe they’ve waited for so long.
“We’re waiting for the inevitable. Ole Gunner Solskjaer is not going to bring back the glory years – he’s not – so get a manager who can rebuild a team, who knows the players he wants, and would make the club more attractive for players coming in.”
However, the Mail’s report claims Southgate is seen as a good fit to continue Man United’s policy of promoting youth and to act as a responsible figurehead.
Southgate, who guided England to an impressive semi-final finish at the 2018 World Cup, is a regular visitor of Man United’s training ground.
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