Louis van Gaal offered to quit his role as Manchester United manager after the defeat against Southampton on Saturday - and could still walk away from his job today.
The Dutch coach is due back in Manchester today having flown home for two days to attend his daughter's birthday, and will meet with Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward to discuss his future.
The Guardian report that Woodward turned down Van Gaal's offer to quit, and the paper adds that they 64-year-old was told to discuss his future with his family before making any rash decisions. There remains a chance that the former Barcelona manager will insist his departure is for the best when they meet today.
Woodward remains keen on not sacking another manager mid-way through the season having let David Moyes go in 2014, and he'd prefer to make a change in the summer - but there's now a good chance the decision will be taken out of his hands.
Results appeared to be improving following wins over Swansea and Liverpool, but the insipid 1-0 defeat against Ronald Koeman's side - their eighth of the season - means Manchester United are in serious danger of missing out on Champions League qualification.
They currently sit five points adrift of Tottenham, who occupy the fourth and final qualification spot. If Van Gaal doesn't go today, defeat against Derby County in the FA Cup on Friday would certainly be the final nail in the coffin.
While Woodward remains loyal to Van Gaal, if the Dutch coach leaves it's looking increasingly likely that Ryan Giggs would be the man to take over, instead of Jose Mourinho.
Giggs, who is currently Van Gaal's assistant, took charge after Moyes was sacked and could do so again on a temporary basis, with some reports suggesting that Woodward will try to lure Pep Guardiola to Old Trafford in the summer.
There appears to be enough doubt about Mourinho's longevity and suitability for the role amongst the Manchester United board that he's likely to miss out.