Allegri sets Manchester United deadline to sack Solskjaer

Joe Williams

Massimiliano Allegri has reportedly set Manchester United a deadline to axe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he eyes up the job at Old Trafford.

The Italian boss is unemployed after leaving Juventus at the end of the last campaign but only after he lifted a fifth consecutive Serie A title.

The 52-year-old has been linked with several Premier League clubs since his departure from the Old Lady and the Guardian recently claimed that he is ‘learning English’ in preparation for a possible job interview at United.

The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 at struggling Newcastle on Sunday and their only victory in their last five outings in all competitions was a penalty shoot-out success over League One side Rochdale in the Carabao Cup.

United have claimed just nine points from their opening eight games in the Premier League and are 12th in the table, 15 points behind leaders Liverpool.

And reports on Tuesday claimed that Solskjaer could be sacked if United lose their next match against Liverpool with Ed Woodward losing patience.

And now Gazzetta dello Sport says that Allegri isn’t willing to wait around for an answer and isn’t keen on the idea of taking over a club mid-season.

The report adds that Allegri would only be tempted by the job if an offer comes along ‘in the next few weeks’ while it would be ‘highly improbable’ that he would take charge in December or later.