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Manchester United have called an emergency board meeting to discuss manager OIe Gunnar Solskjaer's future following the club's humiliating defeat to Watford.
It's understood that a virtual meeting has been scheduled for around 7pm this evening with the Norwegian's job hanging in the balance.
According to the Sunday Times, United's board members have all but agreed to sack Solskjaer, and will be discuss a compensation package during the meeting.
The Glazers have reportedly instructed the club to target former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane as Solskjaer's replacement, though Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers have also been linked to the job.
Goals from Josh King, Ismalia Sarr, Joao Pedro and Dennis consigned United to a 4-1 loss at Vicarage Road earlier this afternoon.
At 2-0 down, Donny van de Beek's header offered United hope, before captain Harry Maguire was sent off for a reckless lunge at Watford's Tom Cleverley, and momentum swung back to the Hornets – who grabbed two late goals.
The defeat was United's seventh of the season and the Red Devils have already fallen 12 points behind league leaders Chelsea.
A number of former United players have been calling for Solskjaer to be sacked amid a poor run of performances and results, though goalkeeper David de Gea told reporters after the game that the players were to blame for the club's mess.
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After the match, Bruno Fernandes was involved in an exchange with a supporter who booed the players as they came over to the away end, while Solskjaer was spotted waving to the crowd as he left.
United have been struggling for consistency for some time, and were notably outclassed by Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks.
For many fans, the defeats highlighted the gulf in class between Solskjaer and other top managers in the Premier League.
Rumours of the sack began circulating, but a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur not only silenced some doubters, but also forced Spurs into hiring Antonio Conte, who had been strongly linked to the Old Trafford hot-seat.
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