Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confidants reportedly think the Manchester United manager could resign from his role as manager before being sacked.
The Red Devils boss will oversee his side’s Premier League showdown with fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday with pressure mounting on his shoulders.
Solskjaer has overseen Manchester United’s nightmare start to the new campaign with just two wins from their first eight league matches.
And the Metro say those close the Norwegian feel he could resign rather than be sacked.
Talk of the chop has been rife, despite United chief Ed Woodward insisting on Thursday that Solskjaer was still the right man for the job.
“The middle section of last season, after Ole’s arrival, feels most relevant to what we want to achieve and where we want to be,” said Woodward.
“We saw a team playing fast, fluid football, with a clear representation of the style and philosophy the manager wants.
“Ole has also instilled the discipline back into an environment where we may have lacked it in recent years.
“He is building a squad that respects the club’s history, in which players work hard and respect their team-mates. No-one is bigger than the club.”
The report says Solskjaer himself would choose to walk away if he felt he was damaging United.
Defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday could even see United drop into the relegation zone.
But, despite that, Solskjaer has insisted he’s up for the task and determined to stay at Old Trafford for the long term.
“No, I’ve never felt it’s too big for me,” he said.
“I’m confident in what we’re trying to do and I’m confident in my staff. The coaching and what’s happening here every single day, I’ve been so impressed.
“The improvement is there to see for us but it’s about results: start winning games, start scoring goals. We need to create more chances because at the back we’ve looked solid.
“But we haven’t been adventurous enough, taking enough risks.
“If you watch the best teams they take more risks with the ball, they make more runs in behind and that’s part of the process for the boys.
“When they’re losing confidence maybe they want to play it a bit more safe but it’s not safety that does it here – at this club you do take risks.”
United go up against a Liverpool side who are looking for a ninth consecutive league win on Sunday.
Yet whether Solskjaer can steer his team to victory is something only time will tell.