David Moyes has been told by Manchester United owners, the Glazer family, that he must achieve Europa League qualification for next season, according to ESPN.
It is now all but impossible for the Red Devils to achieve a top four finish in the Premier League meaning there will be no Champions League football at Old Trafford for the first time in 18 seasons.
However, they are still very much in the race to secure a qualification spot for Uefa's second-tier competition, the Europa League.
The Glazer family have come to terms with the fact that Manchester United won't be in the Champions League next season but have told Moyes that failing to qualify for the Europa League is simply unacceptable.
Some fans and pundits alike have suggest that Manchester United will be better off not qualifying for the competition, allowing them to put all their resources towards getting back into the top four, but the American family do not agree.
Although not an ultimatum, Moyes is being placed under pressure to make sure they are in the draw come August.
The Glazers see the competition as vital to Manchester United maintaining a worldwide appeal and Moyes has been told that failure to land a spot in the competition will push him closer towards the exit door.
Currently lying in seventh, three points behind Tottenham but with a game in hand, Manchester United are well placed to make the top six and qualify for the competition.
Although the Manchester United source says Moyes is not "on the brink of the brink" his position is far from secure and a summer sacking is very much a possibility if this minimum target is not achieved.