Solskjaer sacking would not cost United big bucks

Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set his sights on catching City.

Manchester United bosses would reportedly 'only' have to pay compensation of £5million to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if they decide to sack him at any point.

United reportedly protected themselves after they were forced to hand over £20m to former boss Jose Mourinho last December.

There was also an additional £3million paid out to the Portuguese tactician’s backroom staff, leaving the Old Trafford paymasters ruing the total cost of Mourinho’s two-and-a-half tenure at the Theatre of Dreams.

It’s understood that when they appointed Solskjaer a year ago, the legendary former United striker was ‘more than willing’ to put the prestige of managing the Manchester giants ahead of his own financial demands.

The 46-year-old was earning less than £400,000-per-year managing at his old club Molde, when he answered the SOS call from United.

Solskjaer is currently feeling the pressure in trying to move United further up the Premier League table, with speculation that former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is already waiting in the wings.

United’s deserved 2-1 victory at home to Spurs on Wednesday night certainly relieved some of the pressure on the manager’s shoulders, although a bad result this coming Saturday tea-time in the Manchester derby against fierce rivals City at the Etihad, won’t end the speculation over his long-term position.

Solskjaer earns a basic salary of £5million-per-year – although that can be topped up further with a number of bonuses based on securing a top-four league position and Champions League qualification.

United are believed to have agreed with the likeable Scandinavian that he would receive severance terms equal to 12 months salary.

They know hiring a high-profile name such as Pochettino could easily set them back £12million-per-annum, so every penny saved on a Solskjaer dismissal would go a long way.

United have had their fingers badly burned since former boss Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement back in 2013.

It’s estimated they have since paid out around £40million in compensation fees to Mourinho, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, to see them all walk.