Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time as Manchester United supervisor lastly ran out on Sunday because the Norwegian was sacked following a humiliating 4-1 defeat at Watford.
Solskjaer did not win a trophy in almost three years in cost at Old Trafford and tangible indicators of progress after ending second within the Premier League final season have been blown away amid a run of 5 defeats of their final seven league video games.
United are already 12 factors off the tempo on the high of the desk and the membership have introduced their intention to nominate an interim supervisor till the top of the season earlier than making a everlasting appointment.
Here, AFP Sport appears at 5 of the main candidates to be Solskjaer’s successor:
Expectations have been excessive for United to problem for main trophies this season after the signings of serial winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane, together with £73 million ($100 million) winger Jadon Sancho.
Three of Ronaldo and Varane’s Champions League titles got here underneath Zidane at Real Madrid and the Frenchman can be a free agent having ended his second spell with the Spanish giants in May.
Zidane proved himself a grasp of moulding a star-studded squad right into a crew at Madrid, the place he additionally gained two La Liga titles.
That is precisely what United want and his international profile suits the brand-building train the English giants have gone down lately, at instances to the detriment of a well-functioning crew on the sector.
According to experiences, he’s the favoured candidate of the membership’s American homeowners, the Glazer household.
The excellent possibility on the home marketplace for United is Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.
The Northern Irishman’s previous as a Liverpool supervisor might rule him out for a lot of United followers, however he has rebuilt his repute since a rollercoaster three years at Anfield between 2012 and 2015.
Rodgers proved himself able to dealing with the calls for of successful each week in three years at Celtic, the place he gained a clear sweep of seven home trophies earlier than returning to the Premier League with Leicester.
The Foxes have narrowly missed out on the Champions League for the previous two seasons to Chelsea regardless of far inferior sources and beat the European champions to win the FA Cup for the primary time within the membership’s historical past final season.
However, Leicester have additionally struggled of late with simply two wins of their final 9 league video games.
Erik ten Hag
The Dutchman is liable for one of many type groups in Europe proper now with Ajax already into the Champions League final 16.
Ten Hag was linked with a lot of high jobs after main the four-time European champions to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the primary time since 1997 two years in the past.
But not like lots of his gamers from that run, he’s but to be poached by one in all Europe’s high golf equipment.
The former Bayern Munich youth crew coach would match the attacking type demanded of a United supervisor.
The Spain coach is one other with loads of expertise in getting the perfect out of a set of proficient people.
He gained the treble in his first season at Barcelona and added one other La Liga title with a entrance three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
Fluent in English, Luis Enrique has by no means hidden his need to in the future coach within the Premier League.
His success with Spain this 12 months at Euro 2020 and the Nations League finals exhibits he’s additionally able to producing an thrilling aspect with out the identical high quality of stars he had on provide on the Camp Nou.
The Argentine is the one which bought away for a lot of United followers because the Red Devils stored religion with Solskjaer whereas Pochettino was a free agent for over a 12 months following his sacking by Tottenham in 2019.
Now in control of Paris Saint-Germain, Pochettino is unlikely to leap ship mid-season with a 12-point lead on the high of Ligue 1 and one other probability to win the membership’s first ever Champions League.
However, Pochettino’s time within the French capital has not been plain crusing, significantly in his dealings with PSG’s sporting director Leonardo.
By ready till the top of the season to make a everlasting appointment, United are opening the door to a different shot at luring Pochettino to Old Trafford.