Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been left fighting for his job in charge of Manchester United and has now reportedly said his goodbyes to his staff and players following Saturday afternoon’s horrific defeat to Watford.
Not long after the full-time whistle at Vicarage Road, reports of an emergency meeting emerged, with Solskjaer’s future at the club said to be on the agenda. Furthermore, attempts to persuade Zinedine Zidane into a Premier League switch are thought to have been accelerated.
Claims that Solskjaer was under threat of being sacked were later backed up by journalist and transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, who described the prospect of the Norwegian being relieved of his duties as a ‘real possibility’.
Now, in the clearest indication yet that a managerial change is imminent, The Sun are reporting that Solskjaer has already said his goodbyes to his staff and players after the loss to Watford.
Furthermore, it’s claimed that Solskjaer has managed for the final time and is set to be sacked by club officials within the next 48 hours.
SN’s verdict on potential replacements…
Since the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool last month, there have been conflicting reports over potential replacements for Solskjaer but it remains to be seen if the club decides to appoint an interim manager, as they did in 2018 when Jose Mourinho was sacked.
In the Old Trafford hierarchy’s defence, they are not blessed with obvious alternatives and most of the top-tier managers are already in a job.
Zidane has been touted as a possible successor to Solskjaer but questions remain over his longevity, having only managed Real Madrid in the past.
Brendan Rodgers is under contract with Leicester, where he is currently enduring a tough third season.