The “humiliating” defeat against Watford on Saturday struck the final nail in the coffin of Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he announced his dismissal hours after his team’s seventh defeat in 13 games, after the “Red Devils” fell to seventh place in the “Premier League” by a difference. 12 points off the leader Chelsea.
Changing the coach in the middle of the season does not happen much within the walls of “Old Trafford”, but it seemed inevitable this time after a star-studded team declined to this degree, and while former star Michael Carrick will lead the team as a “transitional coach”, during the upcoming matches, and perhaps until the end of the season. The most important question remains: Who will replace the expelled Norwegian, starting next season?
The Spanish newspaper “Marca” reported 5 names that are strongly nominated to lead Manchester United, and we will list them in order:
The former Real Madrid star has not been working since last summer when he left the Spanish capital. Several reports have previously linked the French legend to coaching Manchester United on previous occasions, and it may turn out to be true now.
Zizou has had an impressive resume at Real Madrid, having won three Champions League titles, two La Liga titles, two Spanish Super Cups and two European Super Cups, and now remains eligible for a new experience in the powerful Premier League.
The Northern Irish, who is currently leading Leicester City, after a bus experience in the “Premier League” that included Swansea City, Liverpool and Celtic.
Rodgers has become, over the years, one of the best coaches in the English Premier League, and led his team Leicester to fifth place twice, in addition to winning the FA Cup for the first time, all of which “achievements” support the candidacy of the young coach, 48, to lead Manchester United to a new future.
The former Manchester United midfielder will take charge of the team temporarily after the sacking of Solskjaer, and his first match will be, on Tuesday, against Villarreal in the Champions League.
If Carrick succeeds in changing the results and cementing his position, it is possible that he will continue next season, and become a “full-time president”, in the words of “Marca”.
Eric Ten Hag
The current Ajax coach is another potential candidate for this position, and has been leading the Dutch giants since 2017.
Ten Hag presents an attractive style of football, and he led his team to the Champions League semi-finals about two years ago, and it seems a possible alternative to Manchester United, who has not forgotten the experience of another Dutch coach, the veteran Louis van Gaal, who led him a few years ago.
The heart of the former Manchester United defense is in the race hard.
The French star played for two years at Old Trafford, before retiring in 2003, and now leads Qatar’s Al Rayyan.
Blanc’s strong personality, his experiences, as well as his rich experience, as he led the France national team after the 2010 World Cup, and won the French League with Bordeaux in 2009, are all elements of his candidacy for next season’s presence at the head of the technical staff in Manchester United.