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Who Should Manchester United Target As Their Next Manager?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last game as Man United manager might be this weekend against Man City. However, a result on Saturday following a win (vs Spurs) and a draw (vs Atalanta) in his last 2 games may just be enough to ensure he keeps his job for a little while longer.

The Norwegian hasn’t had a particularly good couple of months with his United side winning just 4 out of 10 games and keeping just 2 clean sheets all season (15 games). It’s only become really bad lately due to the lack of change in tactics, whether it be a formation change or a player change. He continuously has had faith in players who aren’t performing and then iced out players like Donny Van de Beek and Jadon Sancho.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought both Donny Van de Beek and Jadon Sancho on for the final few minutes vs Atalanta – picture from https://www.football365.com/news/solskjaer-admits-i-commit-a-crime-every-time-i-pick-a-team-manchester-united

Erik ten Hag

The current Ajax manager is one of the top candidates to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following Antonio Conte’s move to Spurs. 

Ten Hag has been in charge of Ajax since December 2017 and has guided them to 5 trophies in that time as well as a Champions League semi final. They’ve had a brilliant start to the Champions League this season, winning all 3 of their games so far, scoring 11 and conceding just 1. 

Ten Hag favours a 4-2-3-1 which is the same as the current Man United team under Solskjaer and although it is the Eredivisie, Ajax are absolutely smashing it, they’ve scored 37 goals and conceded just 2, something that Man United need right now… especially the focus on defence.

Current Ajax manager Erik ten Hag could be an ideal replacement at Man United – picture from https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11913/11854324/erik-ten-hag-says-he-will-not-leave-ajax-this-season-amid-bayern-munich-interest

Zinedine Zidane

Zidane had 2 stints as Real Madrid gaffer, being unbelievably successful in that time, winning 3 Champions League titles in a row, 2 Spanish league titles and much more including World’s Best Club Coach twice too. 

During his time in charge at the Bernabeu, he dealt with players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema etc so in my opinion, I think that he’ll be able to deal with the current players at Man United and they’ll respect him as a manager. 

Zidane very much favoured a 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2 when he was in charge of Real Madrid, something I believe would work perfectly for Man United. 

French legend Zinedine Zidane is a serial winner and definitely has the credentials to become Man United’s manager. – picture from https://www.marca.com/en/football/real-madrid/2021/10/23/61745966e2704e5c638b456d.html

Mauricio Pochettino

Argentinian gaffer Pochettino was sacked by Premier League side Spurs in November 2019 before joining Ligue 1 giants PSG. He’s helped them to the French Cup and the French Super Cup but was pipped by Lille for the league title. 

They currently sit top of the league by 8 points through just 12 games and top of their Champions League group, so all is well for Pochettino at the moment. He’s also had to deal with big players and big personalities too, including Neymar, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and many more. 

Like Zidane, Pochettino also favours a 4-3-3 but is known to change to a 4-2-3-1 every now and then which yet again I think favours the current Man United side, preferably the 4-3-3 with just one man holding. 

Poch has been in France for some time, does he fancy another go at winning a Premier League? – picture from https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-united-pochettino-conte-solskjaer-22030375

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