Manchester United will need to majorly rebuild if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets sacked.
That’s the view of Tony Cascarino, who believes a new manager will need a fresh squad that could cost up to £500million.
Man United’s poor start to the Premier League season continued with a 1-0 defeat to struggling Newcastle.
It means Soskjaer’s side are just two points off the relegation places, picking up just nine points from their first eight matches.
The pressure is on the Norwegian but Cascarino believes it would take a lot of cash to get Manchester United back to where they previously were.
“There were times when Manchester United didn’t look too bad,” Cascarino wrote for The Times.
“Newcastle, for the most part, didn’t threaten them a great deal. But as soon as United went behind, their heads dropped.
“I was shocked at the lack of leadership, at the lack of bravery.
“To be a United player, you should have the technical ability to get the ball at your feet and play, you should be able to handle the pressure of being a goal down to Newcastle United and, above all, you should have courage.
“This United team just slumped their heads. It felt like they were asking themselves: ‘Who do we look to?’
“There is no Eric Cantona, no Roy Keane, no Ruud van Nistelrooy, no greats of the past to which they could turn.
“And how did they react to that? They wasted passes, they couldn’t find their colleagues.
“They must be hoping that the January transfer window comes quickly, next summer too.
“Everywhere I looked in the defeat by Newcastle, I saw weakness.
“If they do get rid of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, then whoever comes in will need to ask for six or seven new players. It could cost them £500 million.”
Manchester United are not in action again until October 20 when they host Liverpool with Solskjaer determined to get back to winning ways.
The boss said: “Luckily for us it’s now the international break. We get time to evaluate what’s gone on over these eight games. We will sit down, hopefully we’ll get a few players back.
“It’s my responsibility. I need to sort their heads out. Young boys lacking confidence – they need some help from experienced players and staff.
“They’re human and they want to do well. They need to see the results of their hard work and we’re not getting those results so that’s going to affect them.”