Manchester United chief Ed Woodward would have no qualms over sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if he had to.
It comes as results turned sour prior to the international break with the thrashing from Tottenham putting the Norweigan under pressure.
The Red Devils were handed a 6-1 drubbing from Jose Mourinho's men at Old Trafford.
Much was the result was put down to individual errors but Solskjaer cannot get away from his share of the blame.
But the former United striker remains a hugely popular figure – both with players and fans.
And any decision to sack him would not go down well with both, particularly the latter where Woodward is so unpopular.
The Old Trafford supremo can be accused of failing to land Solskjaer his targets in the transfer window after Jadon Sancho was not signed.
Yet it could be the Red Devils coach that will bite the bullet – while Woodward would be the one holding the gun.
But it comes with a plan, with Mauricio Pochettino in their sights to take over should Solskjaer be axed, the Mirror report.
The Argentine has not been with a club since being sacked 11 months ago from Tottenham.
Pochettino has long been Woodward's preferred choice at the helm of the club.
He has made several attempts to land him before but Spurs have always rebuffed any interest – yet, now this would not be a problem.
The Mirror further report that Woodward would not hesitate to sack Solskjaer if results continue to worsen.
It has been stated that he is willing to put sentiment aside for the good of the club.
And it also reported that he and senior officials believe Pochettino would come straight in to the job without waiting until the end of the season to take over.
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The news comes at a crucial time already in the campaign for Solskjaer, with some decisive fixtures coming up.
After Newcastle at the weekend, United take on Paris St-Germain in their Champions League opener.
There are also Premier League matches against Chelsea, Arsenal and high-flying Everton.
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