Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly told his players he will be sacked if they lose to Tottenham on Wednesday night.
The Norwegian is under huge pressure at Old Trafford after Sunday’s home draw against Aston Villa left the struggling Red Devils ninth in the Premier League, eight points off the top four and a whopping 22 adrift off bitter rivals Liverpool.
Mauricio Pochettino is waiting in the wings after being axed by Tottenham and is the bookies’ favourite to succeed Solskjaer should the axe fall on the Norwegian.
Pochettino has had a break in his native Argentina but says he is ready for a fresh challenge in Europe despite only losing his job at Spurs last month.
Jose Mourinho succeeded Pochettino in north London and he returns to Old Trafford on Wednesday night, with Solskjaer said to have told his players that victory for Mourinho’s men will see him lose his job, as reported by The Sun.
United chief Ed Woodward has previously spoken of his commitment to Solskjaer and the long-term project that is in place at the club.
But former United striker Solskjaer, who succeeded Mourinho last December, is seemingly unconvinced by Woodward’s reassurances with the Red Devils currently sitting just six points clear of the relegation zone.