​Manchester United have placed England boss Gareth Southgate as the main contender to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who could be sacked by the board if performances don’t improve in the coming weeks.

The Red Devils are fifth on the table with 34 points from 24 matches but could have easily been in the contention for the top three had they done better in their recent games. Indeed, the Old Trafford outfit have lost three of their last four matches in the league and find themselves four points away from 14th place ​Newcastle United.

As a result, there is pressure on the Norwegian manager to show improvement in the team’s performance in the coming matches and should he not be able to galvanise his troops to do that, the board might drop the guillotine on the former Molde manager.

According to Daily Mail, the Red Devils are pondering on the possibility of Gareth Southgate taking over the team after Euro 2020. Mauricio Pochettino is another name in the running for the job but United see Southgate as the ideal candidate to help United continue with their policy of bringing in youth players and developing that.

On top of that, Ed Woodward is reportedly impressed with how he has fared with the England national team as the Three Lions have really evolved as a unit under the tutelage of Southgate.