British manager Gareth Southgate is reportedly one of the main contenders to take over as head of Manchester United after Euro 2020 if the results don’t go in the manner of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The United hierarchy is believed to want to give Solskjaer time as he tries to change the club’s fortunes, with reports from last week stating that he will be given at least one more summer transfer window to attract the players he needs.
But he is still under intense control ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Tranmere Rovers, having overseen only two wins from United’s last seven games in all competitions.
And he could be fired this summer if the results don’t improve, according to the Daily Mail, with Southgate being seen as one of the main contenders to take over after the England 2020 adventure.
Mauricio Pochettino will be the job favorite if Solskjaer is relieved of his duties – but Mail says Southgate is also a big supporter of United and is seen as the ideal manager to continue the club’s policy of developing young talent.
He is a regular visitor to the United training ground as part of his England boss duties and is said to be impressed by United’s work with young players.
Solskjaer brings his Manchester United team to Prenton Park for Sunday’s FA Cup fourth round clash against Tranmere, and will be well aware that winning silverware this season could lead to an extension of the spell as manager.
United will also face the return leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Tuesday, although Solskjaer scores 3-1 from the first leg at Old Trafford.
They resume action in the Premier League with Saturday’s home game against the Wolves, while both teams try to bridge a six-point gap between the top four.
If they fail to bridge the gap with the Champions League seats, United has another potential road to maximum European competition through the Europa League, which resumes with a final trip of 32 to face Club Bruges on February 20 before to host the return leg a week later.