England manager Gareth Southgate is reportedly a leading contender to take over as Manchester United boss after Euro 2020 if results don’t go Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s way.
United’s hierarchy are believed to want to give Solskjaer time as he tries to turn around the club’s fortunes, with reports last week claiming he will be given at least one more summer transfer window to bring in the players he needs.
But he is nevertheless under intense scrutiny ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash away to Tranmere Rovers, having overseen just two wins from United’s last seven games in all competitions.
And he could be sacked this summer if results don’t improve, according to the Daily Mail– with Southgate being viewed as a leading contender to take over after England’s Euro 2020 adventure.
Mauricio Pochettino will be the favourite for the job should Solskjaer be relieved of his duties – but the Mail claims Southgate is also high in United’s thinking and is seen as the ideal manager to continue the club’s policy of developing young talent.
He is a regular visitor to United’s training ground as part of his duties as England boss, and is said to be impressed in turn by United’s work with young players.
Solskjaer takes his United side to Prenton Park for Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round clash against Tranmere, and will be well aware that winning silverware this season could go some way towards extending his spell as manager.
United also face the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Tuesday – although Solskjaer’s side trail 3-1 from the first leg at Old Trafford.
They resume Premier League action with Saturday’s home game against Wolves as both teams try to close a six-point gap to the top four.
If they cannot bridge the gap to the Champions League places, United have another potential route to Europe’s top competition via the Europa League, which they resume with a last-32 trip to face Club Bruges on February 20 before hosting the return leg a week later.