Seven managers tipped to take the Manchester United hot seat next season - with a surprise name among them
Some interesting names have been linked with the Red Devils’ job - we look at the current front-runners and what they could offer.
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Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November after nearly three years in charge of the club. The Norwegian was replaced by Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis with the view to the Red Devils hiring a permanent manager before the beginning of next season.
Rangnick is known for his in-depth tactical approach to how his teams should play, however, mixed results since his arrival at United have led to questions as to whether he was the right man to take the job temporarily.
Nevertheless, the German has received support from Cristiano Ronaldo, who thinks his manager is doing a ‘good job’ with the club.
Despite this, it will be expected that the Red Devils’ board stick to their original plan of hiring a new boss at Old Trafford, but plans can always change.
Several high-calibre managers have been linked to the United job next season, including some surprise names.
Here, we take a look at the seven managers who are tipped to take the Red Devils’ hot seat ahead of the new campaign.
Roberto Mancini - 14/1
A surprise name given he is a former manager of rivals Manchester City, Roberto Mancini could make big changes if given the job.
The Italian is currently in charge of his nation, guiding them most recently to Euro 2020 glory, beating England 3-2 on penalties.
Zenit Saint Petersburg was the last club he was in charge of, failing to win the Russian league, however, Mancini has won silverware with several of his previous sides, including the Premier League with City and Serie A with Inter Milan.
Jesse Marsch - 12/1
Jesse Marsch is available to hire after parting ways with RB Leipzig in December last year after winning eight of his 21 games in charge.
The American, like Rangnick, has been associated with several Red Bull clubs and this could be the reason for him being on this list.
This and the plan for Rangnick to move into an advisory role at the end of the season, could see the American given the United hot-seat.
Diego Simeone - 10/1
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is regarded as one of the world’s best coaches, with the Argentine in charge of the Spanish club for over 10 years.
The 51-year-old has guided Atletico to eight major trophies, including two La Liga titles and two Europa League wins.
His longevity in the Spanish capital, as well as love from the club’s fanbase could mean he wouldn’t risk leaving them for the Red Devils anytime soon, especially with the latter’s misfortunes in recent years.
Brendan Rodgers - 8/1
Another former manager of a rival club, this time Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers has been rumoured to be on United’s radar as a potential replacement for Solskjaer.
The Northern Irishman never won a trophy on Merseyside, however, at current club Leicester City, he guided them to their first FA Cup last season.
Rodgers is having a tougher time with the Foxes this campaign, with the club sat 10th as of writing.
Ralf Rangnick - 5/1
A name that could come as a surprise to some, given the original plan from the board at Old Trafford, Rangnick is third favourite to be the next permanent manager at the club.
The 63-year-old has won four of his eight games in charge and has recently changed how the Red Devils line-up with a 4-2-3-1 formation - the shape mainly used by Solskjaer.
There has been criticism from pundits and fans that the German hasn’t been able to control the United changing room, leading to mixed results and performances on the pitch.
Many of the Old Trafford faithful would rather Rangnick take his advisory role come the end of the season and find a new permanent manager ahead of the new campaign in August.
Erik ten Hag - 3/1
Dutchman Erik ten Hag has had a huge impact on his current club Ajax since taking the reins in December 2017.
The 51-year-old guided the club to six consecutive wins in the Champions League group stage this season and currently sit second in the Eredivisie.
Having proved himself in his home nation, his contract having 18-months remaining on it and a fluid, attacking style of play, ten Hag could be tempted to take the Red Devils’ hot seat if an attractive offer comes his way.
Mauricio Pochettino - 7/4
The favourite to be given the United job come the new campaign, Mauricio Pochettino could be the answer to the club’s problems.
He’s no stranger to the Premier League having managed Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton in recent years, the Argentine knows the styles of other English teams.
Pochettino, who has said he wants to leave current side Paris Saint-Germain, took Spurs to the 2015 League Cup and 2019 Champions League final while in north London, but has won the Coupe de France in his first season in France.
His favoured 4-2-3-1 is a formation familiar with the Red Devils, however he adds a more pressing style than Solskjaer.
The odds quoted are from SkyBet at the time of writing.