The Glazer family have drawn up a four-man shortlist of potential candidates to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United if the latter is sacked in the near future, according to reports. The current Red Devils boss finds himself under significant pressure to deliver a quick-fire response following Sunday’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
United shipped five goals without reply against their bitter rivals at Old Trafford, with the hosts firmly second-best from the very first whistle.
Naby Keita and Diogo Jota struck early on to hand Liverpool a two-goal advantage before Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick condemned United to arguably their worst defeat in recent memory.
The hosts were at sixes and sevens throughout the encounter and saw themselves reduced to ten men when Paul Pogba was dismissed for a reckless challenge on Keita midway through the second half.
United chiefs reportedly considered the possibility of replacing Solskjaer with a new manager in the wake of Sunday’s defeat, with former Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte said to be keen on the role.
However, it seems as though Solskjaer will live to fight another day, with the Norwegian expected to remain in charge for the visit of Tottenham on Saturday.
He only signed a new long-term contract in July and will likely be expected to prove his worth over the coming months in order to stand any chance of honouring the deal in its entirety.
Although the United boss appears to be safe for now, plans have already begun to find a suitable replacement in the event of his position becoming untenable in the near future, according to The Sun.
The report claims that the Glazers have established a four-man shortlist that includes Conte, who led Inter to the Serie A title last season before walking away from the San Siro over the summer.
Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag is also said to be among the names under consideration after establishing himself as one of Europe’s finest tacticians during his time in the Dutch capital.
Zinedine Zidane has also been heavily linked with the United role in recent weeks and is believed to be on the club’s prospective shortlist alongside Conte and Ten Hag.
Meanwhile, Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has reportedly been included alongside the aforementioned trio in spite of his links to Liverpool, the club he managed between 2012 and 2015.
It remains to be seen whether Solskjaer will be able to justify his position at United over the next few weeks as they go in search of a return to winning ways.
The Red Devils will face Tottenham on Saturday before returning to Champions League action with a trip to Atalanta three days later.
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Solskjaer admitted after Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool that he was at his lowest point since taking charge of United, but stressed that he is still the right man for the job amid the growing speculation over his immediate future.
“I have come too far, we have come too far as a group,” the 48-year-old told Sky Sports.
“We are too close to give up now. It is going to be a difficult one. The players will be low but there’s loads of characters there.
“We know we are rock bottom, we can’t feel any worse than this. Let’s see where we take it.”