Ole’s at the wheel, tell me how good does it feel?
That is the chant that rings around Old Trafford every game. Unfortunately, the feeling isn’t great at the minute. With United having dropped points to Aston Villa, Everton, and Southampton already this season with some lacklustre performances, there is some pressure starting to build for the Norweigan.
We have gathered our football writers, and asked them, who could United replace him with should he get the sack? Find out below.
Erik Ten Hag
It’s a tough one. I really want Solskjaer to succeed more than anyone. A united legend and he has definitely improved us since he has come in. I think he will be given till at least the end of the season unless something dramatic happens over the next month’s run of fixtures.
But if I had to choose someone to take over, then it would be Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag. The way he has his Ajax side playing is just a joy to watch. Not only is it pleasant viewing, but it also gets results, and is effective. Yes, they pretty much conquer the dutch league every year, but they also have had very impressive Champions League runs and beaten some top opposition on the way.
They also manage this while losing their star players year after year, but replacing them with their youth prospects who have the tactics of the first team drilled into them throughout the ranks, something that would benefit United and keep up the club policy of using homegrown talent.
But for now, Ole’s at the wheel!
I think a lot of United’s main managerial targets are currently in jobs, which makes the decision to sack Ole that bit harder.
I feel like Mauricio Pochettino may not be enjoying his time in Paris as much as he expected. The team has too many diva’s and cracks are starting to show.
However, my choice is going to be Julen Lopetegui. I just feel like he’s relatively unexposed as a manager, and has done a cracking job at Sevilla.
Lopetegui didn’t really have a chance at Real Madrid, and with the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo, he was chucked in the deep end.
In Seville, he’s managed to build a top team with a relatively low budget, winning the 2020 Europa League, and securing Champions League football last season.
I’d like to see him given another chance at a top team, and Manchester United could be that team.
I can’t see Ole being sacked until the end of the season even if they carry on this shocking run of form, considering how good their squad is. Poch will be in the same situation with PSG, if he gets them far in the CL then he’ll still be in a job come the end of the season. Poch has unfinished business in the Premier League and what better place to go than a team that spends more than PSG. Would also be some CV for Poch then having managed Messi, Ronaldo, and Dele Alli.
Conte has just come off winning the Scudetto in Italy with Inter Milan, comfortably securing the title by 12 points. His team let in just 35 goals (Lowest in the league) and scored 85 goals (3rd Highest).
Manchester United have only kept one clean sheet in the last 10 games, and David De Gea has arguably been one of the standout performers, which is worrying with the amount of attacking threat the Red Devils possess. United have only scored 3 goals in the last 4 games which is inexcusable.
I believe Conte is the right man to change that. He got the best out of Romelu Lukaku at Inter and he could definitely do the same with Cristiano Ronaldo. He has won the Premier League before and that experience will benefit him if he was to get the job.
I for one have never been a fan of Ole as the manager of United, although you could argue that not being a fan of United Ole is the perfect man for me. However, looking at it from the perspective that United do not seem to be performing in crunch matches under Ole. If they were to replace him I would look no further than Julian Nagelsmann.
The current coach of Bayern Munich, United may have already missed the boat on getting their man in the near future after he recently signed a 5-year contract in the summer. If it was possible though I would look to Julian as he would bring genuine managerial quality which was displayed during his tenure at RB Leipzig where he took them from a fairly unknown quantity to an established side as well as Champions league underdogs.
For me, this is a no-brainer. They need to maximise their chances whilst Ronaldo is at the club. I believe they should bring in Antonio Conte, he can do his standard two seasons and give them a real chance of success in the short term. Then both he and Ronaldo could leave the club in 2023 as heroes. This would then pave the way for a younger, more progressive coach like Ten Hag or possibly an up-and-coming English manager to take the reins with what would be a young squad that now has a winning mentality.
Conte is a proven winner. He’s also proven to be able to win in a really short amount of time. His tactics leave a lot to be desired on the eye test, but a few more games with Oles’s lack of tactics will leave the United faithful just wanting a man with a plan.
And there we have it, Ole’s at the wheel for now, but it could all change!
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