Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has accepted that 'D-day is looming' as he continues to stave off the sack at Manchester United.
It comes amid reports that the club were dismayed by the fact he returned to his home country Norway despite the continuing pressure.
The Red Devils coach has come under calls to resign from United after a series of shocking results.
In their last six Premier League games, they have taken just four points – less than Norwich in the same period – which has included some morale-damaging defeats.
Firstly, Liverpool rocked up to Old Trafford to inflict a 5-0 loss on United before Manchester City beat them 2-0 two weeks later at the same stadium.
Solskjaer has managed to battle off pressure over his job in the past but this time it might be a bridge too far.
And according to the Mirror, the Norwegian now accepts that D-day is on the horizon – though he is not in immediate danger.
However, the next month looks set to be crucial for United as they face some crunch games including against Villarreal in the Champions League and Chelsea in the Premier League.
The club were also bamboozled by Solskjaer's decision to jet off back to his homeland Norway over the international break.
With the manager under so much pressure, he drew attention to himself when he left – which further sparked rumours that he had been axed.
In reality, United are not looking to sack Solskjaer immediately and still believe he can be the long-term solution.
But more difficult results might force their hand – though there is a lack of potential successors at the moment.
Brendan Rodgers would be the favourite to take up the mantle but whether he would leave Leicester in the middle of the season remains to be seen.
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