Man Utd will be forced to pay Ole Gunnar Solskjaer £7.5m severance package to sack manager now as part of his contract

Man Utd will be forced to pay Ole Gunnar Solskjaer £7.5m severance package to sack manager now as part of his contract

MANCHESTER UNITED will be forced to pay Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a hefty £7.5m to sack him now.

The Red Devils boss is under huge pressure to save his job, after suffering a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Watford.

His side were also smashed by bitter rivals Liverpool and Man City, and United have now lost five of their last seven league outings.

There have been widespread calls for Solskjaer to be axed now, from inside and outside the club.

The Old Trafford board are understood to be split over whether to give him the boot amid inner turmoil.

And SunSport understands he would have to be given a full year's salary as a severance package by the club.

This works out at around £7.5m, which puts him around fifth in the highest paid Premier League managers.

He is behind Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and Marcelo Bielsa in the salary stakes.

And it remains to be seen if Solskjaer can cling on.

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The Red Devils travel to Villarreal in the Champions League on Thursday.

His side are bang in the middle of a horror run of fixtures, with Prem leaders Chelsea coming next weekend.

They then face Arsenal before taking on Crystal Palace and Young Boys.

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SunSport exclusively revealed that four men are already on the shortlist to replace him, if he goes.

Antonio Conte is the hot favourite, with the ex-Chelsea boss admired by many in the Red Devils boardroom.

Former Liverpool and current Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is also in the frame for the job.

Two others who they are looking at are Ajax chief Erik ten Hag and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.

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