Man Utd’s shortlist of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replacements and likelihood of new appointment

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains under big pressure at Old Trafford. The Norwegian has overseen a problematic campaign so far, with the club losing six of their last 12 matches across all competitions. And Joel Glazer now has a big decision to make.

This was supposed to be the season where United, having signed Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, became a Premier League superpower again.

The board certainly expected a big season, particularly after giving Solskjaer a new three-year contract.

But, so far, it’s been massively disappointing.

United have actually regressed under the 48-year-old, having made strides under him by finishing second and third in previous years.

For now, Express Sport understands United aren’t likely to make a new appointment.

They would, instead, prefer to wait until the end of the campaign before settling on a decision with regards to their manager’s future.

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Previously, that’s been the case with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

United waited until Champions League football was mathematically impossible under the pair before relieving them of their duties in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

But while the Red Devils are hesitant when it comes to pulling the trigger on Solskjaer’s reign, they still have several options on their shortlist.

One of them is Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.

The Northern-Irishman has done well at the King Power Stadium so far, winning the FA Cup and Community Shield titles.

And while United know it would be difficult to lure Rodgers away from Leicester, he’s still under consideration.


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Another name in the frame is Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine has been admired by the United hierarchy for a number of years, ever since his time at Southampton.

United had actually planned to appoint him as Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement in December 2018.

Yet they gave the job to Solskjaer after he impressed during an interim spell in the dugout, especially after masterminding a 3-1 victory away at Paris Saint-Germain.

Pochettino is now at the Ligue 1 giants, where he manages the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

And there’s currently no indication he’d take over at United, despite being interested in the post.

Ralf Rangnick is another name under consideration.

But while he impressed Woodward previously, his work at Lokomotiv Moscow means he’d be difficult to obtain.

United also turned down Rangnick in the past due to fears the 63-year-old would be difficult to work with.

And there are two other outside bets for the role, too.

One is Zinedine Zidane, who is currently out of work after leaving Real Madrid back in the summer.

The Frenchman would, however, reportedly rather wait until the France job becomes available before returning to management.

United have also earmarked Julian Nagelsmann as an option for the future, rather than now.

And, given he’s working wonders at Bayern Munich, it’s hard to see him taking over.

Meanwhile, United legend Rio Ferdinand has broken rank by actually calling for Solskjaer to go.

“He’s done actually what he’s been brought in to do,” Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel.

“He’s come in and given the fans hope again, made the fans want to come back and watch your team again.

“He’s done that. He has done a great job in that sense. But is he going to take us to win titles? Is he going to make us challenge to win a Champions League?

“You need the foundations that have been built to fall back on when you are lacking that confidence.

“When you’re thinking a five, a 10-yard ball that is normally easy becomes a difficult ball – the foundations get you through that. We (United) ain’t got that.

“The football club will be living here and breathing here longer than any individual. It’s what’s best for this football club.

“I just feel that maybe it might be time now for the baton to be handed over.

“Who can take us on now? And I think Ole would leave now with his head held high.”

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