The pressure is really starting to mount on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and if he doesn’t seriously improve results and the style of play over the coming weeks, he might not be at Manchester United for much longer. We’ve taken a look at seven potential Solskjaer replacements.
1. Antonio Conte.
Solskjaer’s analysis of United’s failings has always been sharp. Fixing them is his issue, which reduces to a problem of coaching. United defeat to Leicester showed how clueless the team is without the ball. The midfield lacks cohesion, shape and discipline, and as a result United are hopelessly porous defensively. As self-proclaimed world leaders, United are not the development project Solskjaer would have them be. Antonio Conte could turn man united to a title contender if employed.
2. Brendan Rodgers.
There are zero entries for names who have managed both Liverpool and Manchester United, so Brendan Rodgers would be making history in that respect. It’s a stumbling block that could make this a non-starter, but in the six years since coaching Liverpool he has lifted eight trophies with Celtic and made Leicester consistent challengers for Europe. Twice falling short in their Champions League pursuit could also harm his chances, but Saturday’s win over United was a recent reminder of his tactical intelligence when compared to Solskjaer’s.
3. Zinedine Zidane
Another former player and manager of a big club out of work. Zidane’s record of achievement in his two separate stints at the Santiago Bernabeu is laudable indeed; a 66% win percentage in 263-matches across all competitions for Los Blancos is impressive enough, but his eleven trophies won during his time in the Spanish capital which includes a trio of Champions League wins is precisely what United could be looking for. The Frenchman also has experience managing Cristiano Ronaldo, and despite only being on the touchline for one top level club after he graduated from being the manager at Real Madrid Castilla, his CV speaks for itself.
4. Graham Potter
The undoubted dark horse of the list, and certainly the one that most could turn their heads up rightly. Graham Potter could be a sneaky appointment for United if the club find itself with the need to appoint a new manager. Potter was massively successful in Sweden and truly put Östersunds FK on the Swedish footballing map, but many turn to his time at Swansea City and current charge Brighton as reasons to overlook him. His win percentage is quite low with the Seagulls (29.8%), but he still has the south coast outfit playing very good football. The fact that Brighton currently sit level with the Red Devils in the Premier League table is no fluke.
5. Erik Ten Hag.
Erik Ten Hag is another candidate who has been linked with a managerial position at Manchester United among .The tactician has worked wonders at AFC Ajax and is in line for the next big step in his career. The 51-year-old has won two Eredivisie and Dutch Cup titles each in the last four years as manager. He is most fondly remembered for guiding Ajax to the semifinal of the 2018/19 edition of the UEFA Champions League. The outfit defeated the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus before losing narrowly to Tottenham Hotspur. The Dutchman’s philosophy of playing an attractive brand of attacking football fits perfectly with Manchester United. He could replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
6. Luis Enrique
Enrique’s sides play very enjoyable football, and he has won the Champions League and two La Liga with Barcelona. Lionel Messi described him as the second best manager he has ever played under. It will be interesting if he can come to Premier League.
7. Mauricio Pochettino
Pochettino has always been the man for United. He is absolutely perfect for the job, and he should have gotten the job12 months ago. He is the perfect fit, and would have been an incredible appointment.
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