Senior Manchester United players are so unhappy with the David Moyes regime that are they considering asking the board to replace him.
According to Goal.com, key United players have become disillusioned with Moyes's training methods and tactics - and some believe he is ruining their reputation by suggesting that the club needs a complete overhaul in the summer.
Recent reports have claimed that the United board are willing to spend up to £200m in the summer on new players, but Goal.com suggests senior officials at the club are giving serious consideration to replacing Moyes before sanctioning the spending.
Loyalty to Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the only things keeping Moyes in his job, with the United board reluctant to replace a manager handpicked by the club's greatest boss.
Confusion over team selection and the odd experimentation with a 4-3-3 formation against Manchester City at Old Trafford on Tuesday night are examples of a lack of strong leadership at the top following 26 years of Ferguson.
Players have become unhappy with Moyes blaming the squad he inherited from Ferguson for the club's woes, noting that last season the same team won the Premier League title.
Much has changed since last May, with Nemanja Vidic set to depart, to be possibly followed by Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand. But several of the same team, including Robin Van Persie, have failed to live up to the heights of last season, while others, like Javier Hernandez, have been frozen out altogether.
The Goal.com report goes on to claim that United's board is "evaluating all possibilities" as the summer approaches, with the dismissal of Moyes still very much on the table.
His six-year contract has been cited as a potential disincentive to sack him, with a huge pay-off required, but his deal reportedly includes a break clause that could give the club a vital window of opportunity to cut their losses if results continue on their downward trajectory.