Manchester United have had their ups and downs throughout Ole Gunnar Solskjaer management incumbency at the club. They made a statement with their signings in the summer transfer window by bringing in three world-class players, following which they were considered as the title contenders. However, they have been struggling with their performances this season as they sit 6th in the Premier League table.
Many supporters have slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for being tactically incompetent and also for his treatment to some of the players like van de Beek. Although, the re-signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has scratched some favourable results for the Red Devils.
According to Sky Sports, Manchester United are not going to sack Ole Solskjaer following the international break. Even though, it should be noted that three managers have been sacked by the Premier League clubs after Manchester United’s 5-0 loss to Liverpool. This adds to the pressure on the Red Devils to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United if the results fail to improve. According to Manchester Evening News, Manchester United has come up with a five-man shortlist, who are seen as the potential replacement if Solskjaer is to be sacked in the near future.
Let’s take a look at the five-man shortlist put up by Manchester United as a potentional replacement for Ole Solskjaer
Ralf Rangnick has helped RB Leipzig to put them on the map of European Football. He also was pretty efficient in the transfer window and earned sizable profits for Leipzig. His style is noted for their attacking output on pitch and effective pressing. While, he has influenced the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann, Ralph Hasenhuttl, and Jurgen Klopp.
Erik ten Hag
Manchester United supporters would want ten Hag to takeover. He is well-known for his tenure at Ajax and the free-flowing football that Ajax has been playing since his takeover. While his remarkable UCL campaign in the 2018-19 season has got him the status of an elite manager. Although there are doubts whether his possession-based style will suit United’s counter-attacking football or not.
Brendan Rodgers has built a proper system around Leicester City and made them a top-six contender. He can be called as a hybrid of Klopp and Guardiola’s tactics. However, some may write him off because of his time at Liverpool and label him as not being to manage the big clubs. Although, he has got Leicester to play a certain way which shows how he has matured over the years.
Pochettino was the frontrunner for the job at Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho lost his position. However, he has a job at PSG right now but is also struggling to get the absolute best out of his star-studded squad. PSG may also consider getting in a new manager but it does not look like very likely now, while, Pochettino would not want to leave a squad like PSG and make a return to the Premier League.
Zinedine Zidane is probably the most exciting candidate Manchester United can have. The Frenchman has won three consecutive Champions League with Real Madrid and has experience handling a star-studded squad. He is also the most decorated manager out of the five options. Zidane can majorly help United in the Champions League and will even make them sharper. The only catch is that he is waiting for the job at the French International Team and that is a huge loss for the Red Devils.
Man United should quickly sort out this situation and make a decision on Ole Solskjaer as he has failed to provide results in the time frame given to him. According to some reports, Brendan Rodgers is the frontrunner to secure the job but he wants to wait till the end of the season. His tactical sharpness will only help United to progress because currently, they look like a side without a plan. A squad of this quality should be used to their full capacity and Brendan Rodgers does deserve another chance after what he has done at Leicester City.
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