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Despite a rough start to the season, Manchester United are reportedly keen to support Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to keep his job as the club’s boss. Manchester have endured their worst ever start to a Premier League season, and even though they’re willing to wait for the Norwegian, they’re already considering potential candidates to replace him.

So far they have collected just nine points from eight Premier League games, keeping the bad form they had last season. Since early March, Solskjaer’s team has won just five of their last 23 games in all competitions.

This Sunday United will receive Liverpool, their maximum rival and the leader of the Premier League, in a game that many speculate could be Solskjaer’s last managing the Red Devils. However, even if they lose for a huge difference, the Norwegian remains calm about his future at Old Trafford.

Nevertheless, according to 90min, vice-chairman Ed Woodward has already started to look for alternatives for the former striker if the team’s performances don’t improve. They don’t have any desire to make any mid-season appointment, so perhaps Solskjaer will remain with the team at least until next summer. But, that doesn’t mean the club’s stance might change if the team keeps playing poorly.

That said, Manchester have identified five possible replacements for Solskjaer. Starting from former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, who has been heavily linked with the club in recent times. Even though Allegri knows how to win titles, many people consider he’s not the right guy for this job given the current state of the team.

RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann was another name linked with a move to the Theater of Dreams recently. The German boss was really good at Hoffenheim, recording impressive seasons in the Bundesliga, drawing attention from big clubs, including Bayern Munich. United feel he fits the profile that they want now, a promising coach making a name for themselves for their own tactical innovations

Besides, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag is also under consideration following a couple of great seasons with the Dutch giants. To close the list, Mauricio Pochettino has also been linked with the job, while Red Bull Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch has been making his case to take over from Solskjaer at Manchester.