MANCHESTER UNITED will be forced to pay Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a hefty £7.5m to sack him now.
The Red Devils boss is under huge pressure to save his job, amid a shocking run of results and form.
His side were smashed 5-0 at home to bitter rivals Liverpool, and are without a win in the Premier League in four.
There have been widespread calls for Solskjaer to be axed now, from inside and outside the club.
The Old Trafford board are understood to be split over whether to give him the boot amid inner turmoil.
And SunSport understands he would have to be given a full year’s salary as a severance package by the club.
He is behind Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and Marcelo Bielsa in the salary stakes.
Despite calls for him to go, Solskjaer is expected to take charge of United against Tottenham this weekend.
OLE AT THE WHEEL… FOR MUCH LONGER?
The Red Devils travel to Spurs, with a loss all but seeing an end to his two-and-a-half-year reign in charge.
They then have in-form rivals Manchester City at home, with fears of another Old Trafford embarrassment.
That follows on with tricky tie away at league leaders Chelsea before taking on in-form Arsenal at home.
Four men are reportedly already on the shortlist to replace him, if he goes.
Antonio Conte is the hot favourite, with the ex-Chelsea boss admired by many in the Red Devils boardroom.
Former Liverpool and current Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is also in the frame for the job.
Two others who they are looking at are Ajax chief Erik ten Hag and Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.