Five candidates to replace Solskjaer as manager of Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time as Manchester United supervisor lastly abandoned Sunday as the Norwegian was sacked following an embarrassing 4-1 defeat at Watford.

Solskjaer stopped working to win a prize in almost 3 years in charge at Old Trafford and concrete indications of development after completing 2nd in the Premier League last season have actually been blown away in the middle of a run of 5 beats in their last 7 league video games.

United are currently 12 points off the rate at the top of the table and the club have actually revealed their objective to designate an interim supervisor up until completion of the season prior to making a long-term consultation.

Here, AFP Sport takes a look at 5 of the leading prospects to be Solskjaer’s follower:

Zinedine Zidane

Expectations were high for United to challenge for significant prizes this season after the finalizings of serial winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane, along with £73 million ($100 million) winger Jadon Sancho.

3 of Ronaldo and Varane’s Champions League titles came under Zidane at Real Madrid and the Frenchman is likewise a complimentary representative having actually ended his 2nd spell with the Spanish giants in Might.

Zidane showed himself a master of moulding a star-studded team into a group at Madrid, where he likewise won 2 La Liga titles.

That is precisely what United requirement and his international profile fits the brand-building workout the English giants have actually decreased in the last few years, sometimes to the hinderance of a well-functioning group on the field.

According to reports, he is the favoured prospect of the club’s American owners, the Glazer household.

Brendan Rodgers

The exceptional choice on the domestic market for United is Leicester employer Brendan Rodgers.

The Northern Irishman’s past as a Liverpool supervisor might rule him out for lots of United fans, however he has actually reconstructed his credibility because a rollercoaster 3 years at Anfield in between 2012 and 2015.

Rodgers showed himself efficient in dealing with the needs of winning each week in 3 years at Celtic, where he won a tidy sweep of 7 domestic prizes prior to going back to the Premier League with Leicester.

The Foxes have actually directly lost out on the Champions League for the previous 2 seasons to Chelsea in spite of far inferior resources and beat the European champs to win the FA Cup for the very first time in the club’s history last season.

Nevertheless, Leicester have actually likewise had a hard time of late with simply 2 wins in their last 9 league video games.

Erik 10 Hag

The Dutchman is accountable for among the kind groups in Europe today with Ajax currently into the Champions League last 16.

10 Hag was connected with a variety of leading tasks after leading the four-time European champs to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the very first time because 1997 2 years back.

However unlike a lot of his gamers from that run, he is yet to be poached by among Europe’s leading clubs.

The previous Bayern Munich youth group coach would fit the assaulting design required of a United supervisor.

Luis Enrique

The Spain coach is another with a lot of experience in getting the very best out of a collection of gifted people.

He won the treble in his very first season at Barcelona and included another La Liga title with a front 3 of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

Fluent in English, Luis Enrique has actually never ever concealed his desire to one day coach in the Premier League.

His success with Spain this year at Euro 2020 and the Nations League finals reveals he is likewise efficient in producing an interesting side without the very same quality of stars he had on deal at the Camp Nou.

Mauricio Pochettino

The Argentine is the one that escaped for lots of United fans as the Red Devils kept faith with Solskjaer while Pochettino was a complimentary representative for over a year following his sacking by Tottenham in 2019.

Now in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, Pochettino is not likely to leap ship mid-season with a 12-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 and another opportunity to win the club’s very first Champions League.

Nevertheless, Pochettino’s time in the French capital has actually not appeared cruising, especially in his transactions with PSG’s sporting director Leonardo.

By waiting up until completion of the season to make a long-term consultation, United are opening the door to another chance at tempting Pochettino to Old Trafford.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.