Following a devastating 4-1 loss against Watford on Saturday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be fired as Manchester United manager, according to reports.
The upshot of an emergency board meeting held following the Watford loss, according to The Times, The Guardian, and the Manchester Evening News, was to terminate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s three-year spell as manager at Old Trafford.
Manchester United want to appoint Darren Fletcher as interim manager if the decision to fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is made.
Zinedine Zidane, former Real Madrid manager, Brendan Rodgers, and Ajax coach Erik ten Hag are the frontrunners to succeed Solskjaer.
According to AFP, Manchester United would be required to pay £7.5 million in severance to dismiss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from his managerial position.
Solskjaer signed a new three-year deal in July and will allegedly get a compensation package of £7.5 million.
Despite humiliating home losses to Liverpool and Manchester City during the recent international break, the club’s administration stood with Solskjaer.
However, the worst was still to come at Vicarage Road, where the struggling Hornets could afford to miss two first-half penalties and still win comfortably.
Solskjaer has been able to weather previous dismal spells since taking over in 2018.
However, United’s current slip comes after a significant pre-season investment in Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Raphael Varane, all of whom were anticipated to transform the squad into title contenders for the first time since 2013.
That has not been rewarded on the pitch, with the Red Devils now 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and out of the League Cup.
Much more was anticipated after Solskjaer’s steady development in his first two full seasons in command.
He achieved back-to-back Premier League top-four finishes for the first time since Alex Ferguson’s retirement as manager in 2013.
Solskjaer, who notably scored the winning goal in United’s 1999 Champions League final victory against Bayern Munich, has not won a trophy since his return to the club.
His legendary reputation as a United player ensured that the 48-year-old maintained fan support even as his team’s form deteriorated in recent months.
However, they turned on him on Saturday, when he was booed as he held his hands out in apology.