Louis van Gaal reportedly offered to quit as Manchester United manager following the club’s defeat to Southampton on Saturday.
Charlie Austin’s second-half header on his Saints debut condemned the Red Devils to defeat and left them five points adrift of Tottenham who currently occupy the final Champions League spot.
The Dutchman was booed by some sections of the Old Trafford support as he headed down the tunnel at full-time, and The Guardian report he then offered his resignation to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
He was persuaded to stay on, however, and looks set to be in charge for the FA Cup tie with Derby County on Friday evening.
Woodward’s stance will astonish United fans, but it reflects the political turmoil engulfing the club.
While outsiders may believe Van Gaal is a dead man walking, Woodward is fighting to save his job.