Who will be Manchester United’s Next Manager

by Chris Balding

With Ole Gunnar Solskjær being given the boot after Manchester United’s 4-1 loss to Watford many are already speculating who is next to take charge of the red devils. One of the biggest jobs in the game attracts a lot of interest from the best talent in the world and if Liverpool, Chelsea and City have taught us anything it’s that you need a world class manager to compete for the league title. 

The club put Micheal Carrick, who has no experience being in charge, at the helm until they decide on the new appointment. Manchester United are in a rush to sign a permanent manager, instead are looking for another interim to give them more time to be able to get the manager they want instead of just who is available. It would appear that the club have written off this season and are focusing on the next but will that mean Ronaldo has wasted a  year of his limited time left in the game. 

Who could be the Interim Manager?

Many of United’s targets are already in roles at other clubs but one who has been linked with the red devils and is available is Steve Bruce, who was sacked earlier in the season by Newcastle. Bruce has history with the club as a former captain so understands what it means to play for United and is also one of the most experienced managers in the Premier League so while he won’t be first choice in the eyes of the fans he does have the know how to steer the ship while the board find their desired appointment. 

The only other available manager is Lucien Favre whose last job was for Dortmund before they sacked him in 2020. Farve has been linked to several Premier League clubs, most recently Crystal Palace but decided against it which led to Patrick Veria getting the job. 

Another former Manchester United player linked with the role is Laurent Blanc. He currently manages Al Rayyan in Qatar and won’t be available until March. Blanc has a wealth of experience who managed well for the French national team when they were in crisis after the South Africa World Cup when the majority of the players were banned from playing for the national side. He also had a successful spell at PSG but was sacked after crashing out of the Champion League, which is still currently an issue for the club.

Recent reports are suggesting that a surprise favourite for the role could be Ralf Rangnick who is currently the sporting director at Lokomotiv Moscow. His most successful time as a manager came when he was managing in the Bundesliga for RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim respectively. Maybe he wants to escape the cold of Russia for the rain of Manchester.

Who could be the long-term Manager?

Now let’s take a look at who could be the permanent options for United. 

It was reported that their first choice is French legend Zinedine Zidane. Zidane won 3 Champions Leagues in a row with Real Madrid but supposedly he has stated that he is not interested in the top job at United and is instead waiting for the French National team or PSG job to become available. Maybe the United job is too much of a project for the frenchmen.

The bookies favourite to join United is PSG’s current boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is reported to be open to the role. Other reports have suggested that Pochettino is not happy at PSG, with his family still in London and having to deal with the massive egos of the dressing being the main factors. It’s known that Pochettino is struggling with the lack of control in his current job as he is essentially a first team coach with PSG’s sporting director handling everything else. The PSG players have put fuel on fire by  believing that Zinedine Zidane is soon to be taking over the French club leaving Pochettino to take the United job. It seems the stars are aligning!

The last two options for the top job are reluctant to leave mid seasons at their current clubs and those are Ajax’s Erik ten Hag who has done a brilliant job with Ajax bringing through home grown talent and dealing with selling key members of their squad over the last few years. His most notable achievement is Ajax’s recent champion league success leading his team all the way to the semi-finals. The other target for Manchester United is Leicester City’s boss Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers has done a great job for the foxes leading them to 5th place in successive seasons but this year they have struggled with fans booing the team in their last game due to poor performances. Rodgers also has a connection to United’s North West rivals Liverpool, having previously managed them. 

Whoever Manchester United appoint one fact remains the same, they have a hell of a squad in terms of individual players but there is an enormous amount of work to do to be able to compete with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and their noisy neighbour Manchester City. 

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