Manchester United are said to be hoping their current crisis 'blows over' with Ed Woodward still reluctant to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Yet another defeat, this time at the hands of neighbours Man City, has left Solskjaer with more critics than ever.
United have a squad packed with talent yet couldn't look any further from being a unit at present, with the slick City system significantly exposing that fact.
It seems their current manager is not the man who will take them to the next level, but as there are no suitable replacements currently available, Solskjaer's being kept at the helm for now.
Reports last week suggested Woodward does not want to get rid of the Norwegian because he is near to leaving himself.
And now despite another crushing blow, The Athletic reports that is still the stance the United chief executive is taking.
It is their understanding that Woodward is now in his final few weeks in his role at Old Trafford.
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He announced he would be stepping down from the United hierarchy in April this year, but when he would leave was unclear.
It appears his eight-year spell at the club will reach a conclusion at the end of the year when his contract expires.
And having already sacked David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho during his tenure, he doesn't want to admit defeat once more.
A separate report from The Independent offered a similar take on Solskjaer's position.
They claimed the only reason he is being maintained as United boss is because there is no alternative option.
The Athletic note it is a 'perplexing' situation, with club chiefs acknowledging that Solskjaer is not cut out for the job, but are also not doing anything to rectify the issue.
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