It appears to be when rather than whether Manchester United will sever ties with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He will know more than anyone that Liverpool’s 5-0 humiliation of the Red Devils is not acceptable.
But Solskjaer was in a provocative mood after his ‘darkest’ moment as Man United boss, insisting he would not give up on the project he started.
This may escape him, however, and there are numerous reports that the club’s senior staff are considering removing the Norwegian from his post.
Antonio Conte is the bookmaker’s favorite to succeed Solskjaer and talkSPORT understands Man United have polled the Italian on the job. But others shouldn’t be written off right away.
talkSPORT.com is examining FIVE names that could get the job if the Red Devils decide to kick the current manager.
The serial winner: Antonio Conte
Managed teams: Inter Milan, Chelsea, Italy, Juventus, Siena, Atalanta, Bari, Arezzo
Great honors: Premier League, Serie A x4, FA Cup
Football is all about results and this guy knows exactly how to get them.
Conte, 52, has enjoyed huge success in his managerial career, most notably with Chelsea, where he took them from tenth in the table to Premier League champions.
The only downside with it is that it is unlikely to last long. He often falls out with others, so sacking him would cost Man United even more money.
The King of Europe: Zinedine Zidane
Managed teams: Real Madrid, Real Madrid Castile
Great honors: Champions League x3, Liga x2
Another free agent is Frenchman Zidane, who has experience bringing success to a club that demands it at Real Madrid.
His specialty is Europe, which has won the Champions League three times.
However, success is pretty much guaranteed when he’s in charge of Real Madrid. As we’ve seen for almost three years under Solskajer, it’s not at Old Trafford.
Rising star: Erik ten Hag
Managed teams: Ajax, Utrecht, Bayern Munich II, Go Ahead Eagles
Great honors: Eredivisie x2, KNVB Cup x2
Now on to the outside suitors and while it might not be the sexiest date in the eyes of Man United fans, Ten Hag is a man who loves a big project.
Alongside Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar, he put Ajax back on the map of European football, helping them advance to the Champions League semi-finals with Real Madrid scalps and Juventus.
Man United’s job may be little more than the 51-year-old Dutchman could chew on.
The Old Enemy: Brendan Rodgers
Managed teams: Reserves Leicester, Celtic, Liverpool, Swansea, Reading, Watford, Chelsea
Great honors: Scottish Premiership x2, FA Cup, Scottish Cup x2, Scottish League Cup x3
A fan called Darren Bent’s Boot Room on Sunday to say he would even take on former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers at this rate.
But this appointment could be a pretty nifty move. After leaving Liverpool, Rodgers won a bunch of trophies at Celtic as well as the FA Cup with Leicester last season.
He also knows how to beat Manchester City in the Cup final with Leicester taking over Pep Guardiola’s side in the Community Shield in August.
The “apprentice”: Cristiano Ronaldo
Managed teams: Portugal (about half an hour), Manchester United (a few minutes)
Great honors: Nothing
Ronaldo has no managerial experience you might say … well it’s not for lack of trying on his part.
He took on the role of coach during the final stages of the Euro 2016 final, where Portugal beat France, gesturing what was presumably a tactic to his teammates.
Ronaldo also coached his Man United team-mates behind Solskjaer in the Champions League loss to Young Boys. Was this really a sign of things to come?