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Manchester United Set To Sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer As Club Board Call Emergency Meeting

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Manchester United have called an emergency board meeting to discuss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal as manager in the wake of the club’s debilitating 4-1 loss at relegation-threatened Watford. Reports indicates that the virtual meeting has been scheduled for 7pm with Solskjaer’s compensation terms on its agenda.

Solskjaer, 48, has now won just four games in 13 and the collapse in form has been dramatic with the defeat at Vicarage Road following back-to-back home defeats to bitter rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.

The Glazer family has also instructed club officials to further accelerate attempts to persuade Zinedine Zidane to take over the managerial position mid-season, increasing United’s financial offer to the three-times Champions League winning coach.

United’s pursuit of Zidane last week was reported last week. While the former Real Madrid manager is said to be interested in the opportunity of taking charge of a squad that contains two of his most influential players at the Santiago Bernabéu in Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphaël Varane, the 49-year-old has expressed reservations about breaking his sabbatical before the summer. Zidane’s wife Veronique is said to be opposed to the idea of living in Manchester and would prefer her him to take a longer break before returning to football.

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The Glazer family’s discontent with Solskjaer’s performance as manager has been growing across a spell in which his leadership of the second most expensive squad of footballers ever assembled has lost six of their past 12 games, including a home League Cup exit to a second-string West Ham United side, Champions League defeat at Young Boys, and a Premier League record defeat by Liverpool. Sources close to the club’s owners argue that overseeing two five-goal home losses in the space of 12 months indicates that Solskjaer and his large team of assistant coaches have produced a United team that is “less than sum of its parts”.

Though Solskjaer — who was handed control of one of world football’s most powerful clubs in December 2018 following five trophyless years at Molde and Cardiff — signed a new Manchester United contract in August, his deal is understood to include an unchanged single-season compensation payment should the Norwegian be sacked.

A number of first-team players have long harboured concerns about Solskjaer’s training methods, tactics and in-game management. The club are currently in seventh place, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea after just 12 games of a season in which many expected them to compete for the Premier League title.

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“It was embarrassing to see Man United play like we did today,” David De Gea, the goalkeeper, said last night after the Watford loss. “It’s not acceptable — the way we were playing and doing things. It’s easy to blame the manager or the staff but sometimes it’s the players. We need to show much more than we are doing.

“We are trying to give our best and fight for the team but for sure something is very wrong. You can see in the games – it’s very low level, very poor. Sorry to the fans, once again.”

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