It's hard to see any way back for Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his team were hammered 5-0 by Liverpool at home on Sunday.

But - for the moment, at least - the Norwegian coach is still in charge at Old Trafford and it may not be too late for him to turn United's fortunes around.

Speaking after his team's humiliation, Solskjaer said: "We have to look forward.

"We have to sort the frame of minds out and make sure we go into the next training session and the next game in the right frame of mind.

"Manchester United have had tough times, difficult times before and they have always bounced back and taken on challenges."

Bouncing back, though, is easier said than done.

Here, Mirror Football looks at how Solskjaer could save his job and United's season.

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Learn from your mistakes

Let's not forget, United have been here before. This time last year, Jose Mourinho's Tottenham thrashed them 6-1 at Old Trafford and Solskjaer's position seemed untenable.

At the time, the Red Devils manager said: "It's very embarrassing, it hurt all the players. It hurts me as the manager. It's my worst day ever.

"I'll hold my hands up, I'm responsible for this. I've lost 5-0 with United and we've lost 6-1. We've lost big results before and always bounced back."

And they did bounce back. United went on to finish second in the Premier League and faith was restored in Solskjaer's regime.

Solskjaer should take inspiration from that recovery but also needs to learn that he cannot keep suffering humiliating defeats on home soil.

Being embarrassed by Jose was bad, but letting Liverpool do the same is far worse.

Sort the balance out

Tactically, United's biggest problem is the team's imbalance.

Solskjaer has plenty of attacking talents to choose from, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood.

He's also got Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford at his disposal.

But how many "workhorses" - as Gary Neville puts it - do United actually have?

Neville explained earlier this month: "There’s a reason that Darren Fletcher and John O’Shea and Gary Neville and Nicky Butt and Tom Cleverley got a game alongside those great players at Manchester United, because they are workhorses.

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"The current squad is unbalanced."

United have conceded as many Premier League goals as winless Burnley this term - 12 more than top of the table Chelsea.

Solskjaer needs his attacking talents to drop back and channel their inner O'Shea or pick players that will do the work.

Playing Greenwood, Fernandes, Ronaldo and Rashford in the same team won't work against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City.

Switch Ronaldo for Cavani

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I know, it sounds ridiculous. But when Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't score, what does he offer?

The Portuguese winger won't work tirelessly for the team and those around him often need to make up the effort.

In his first stint at the club, Ronaldo was able to flourish thanks to Wayne Rooney putting in a shift alongside him.

Speaking in September, Rooney warned United's stars: "I’ve said before, the rest of his teammates will have to work a little harder."

At this moment in time, that clearly isn't happening and it might time for Solskjaer to play Cavani instead - even if it's only on a short-term basis.

The Uruguayan is proven at the highest level and always gives 100 per cent to the team, scoring 17 goals in all competitions last term.

And who knows, his work ethic might even rub off on his teammate.

No player is undroppable - not even Ronaldo.

Sell Pogba in January

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Few have ever questioned Paul Pogba's ability and there's a reason he's a World Cup winner - but it's never worked out for him at United.

One League Cup and one Europa League wasn't worth the £93million they paid for him and his red card against Liverpool summed up his time at the club.

And Pogba's reluctance to sign a new contract at United is a distraction the team can do without.

As Paul Scholes said at full-time on Sunday: "He’s [Pogba] caused mayhem over the last couple of years.

"Everyone knows what a talent he is, everybody trusts him, every manager trusts him, tried to give him his head and let him be the player he’s been.

"But with all the commotion, not signing his contract, almost holding the club to ransom, and then he comes on and does something like that."

It's time for United and Pogba to say their goodbyes. And if the club can get some cash for him in January, that could help them afford a much-needed holding midfielder.

Play Sancho every game

If there's one player Solskjaer must trust, it's Jadon Sancho.

United's £73million summer signing, 21, is a ridiculous talent and has the record to prove it.

During his time at Borussia Dortmund, he scored 38 goals and produced 51 assists in 104 Bundesliga appearances. Few wingers have enjoyed similar success at such a young age.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently told reporters: "Jadon Sancho is a world class talent, definitely.

"He has all the things you need to become really one of the best players in the world in the future. That’s how it is but he’s still very young.

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"At Dortmund they were obviously full of praise about him. Rightly so.

"I saw a lot of games where he played outstandingly well. It’s a normal situation where you are especially, I’m not but you are, you lose patience a little bit quickly."

Solskjaer cannot afford to lose patience with Sancho and must find a way to get the best out of him - or else another manager will.

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