ManUnited reach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decision after meeting and wait on Zinedine Zidane
Manchester United bosses called an emergency board meeting in the aftermath of their 4-1 defeat to Watford to discuss the future of under-fire manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United officials have yet to reach an official decision regarding the future of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Old Trafford bosses called an emergency meeting on Saturday night in the wake of yet another humiliating Premier League defeat.
The Red Devils were thrashed 4-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road, meaning they have now picked up just four points from a possible 21 in the league.
Solskjaer cut a resigned figure after the full-time whistle offering a hand as a way of apologising to the stunned and disgruntled away support.
It was anticipated that Solskjaer would be relieved of his duties, with reports claiming discussions over his compensation package was high on the agenda for the hastily called meeting.
And there are now conflicted reports over the future of the United boss, with Sky Sports suggesting it is still 'up in the air', while the Times claim he will be officially dismissed once severance pay is agreed.
Zinedine Zidane is believed to be the frontrunner to replace Solskjaer, but the Frenchman has major reservations over taking on the role in the middle of the season.
Zidane, who stunned Real Madrid by leaving the Bernabeu at the end of last season, also has a poor grasp on the English language meaning a move to the Premier League could prove difficult.
However, the idea of working with former Madrid stars Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo could be an appealing one for a man that won the Champions League three times during his two stints in the Spanish capital.
The Times report that United owners, the Glazer family, have instructed officials to make a concerted effort to land Zidane, even if that takes a bigger financial offer to get a deal over the line.
But for now, Solskjaer remains in place as manager, with the team set to fly out to Spain on Monday ahead of the Champions League clash with Villarreal.
Manchester Evening News understands that emotional players are convinced the manager will be relieved of his duties, although Solskjaer himself remained defiant, claiming he is still the man to turn it around.
"I always have belief in myself, but at the moment it's a difficult time for us,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports. “I can trust every single one out there to give what they have, but the results are difficult.
"I believe we can turn this round.
"I understand the fans, who have supported the club through thick and thin, and have been great over the last few years.
“It's a difficult period, we have had a hard time since Sir Alex left, and the fans who have been here - since I came in - have been unbelievable.
"They understood the situation, the signings this summer raised expectations, rightly so, because we brought some top players in and having been second last year, we hoped to kick on.”