Manchester United are reportedly interested in Maurico Pochettino. Credit: Getty.
After months of speculation it was finally confirmed on Sunday that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been removed as Manchester United manager.
It comes after a string of disappointing defeats, including losses to rivals Liverpool and Manchester City, before Watford humiliated them at Vicarage Road, winning 4-1 on Saturday.
The Norwegian spent nearly three years in charge of the club he represented for most of his playing career, helping them to a second-place finish last season, as well as a spot in the Europa League final.
The Red Devils have confirmed that Michael Carrick will take over as interim manager while the club search for Solskjaer’s replacement and, with a host of names linked with taking over at Old Trafford, it could be a lengthy process.
Who are the favourites to take over as Manchester United boss?
According to Sky Bet, former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is the current favourite to take over at Old Trafford – priced at 7/4.
Following him are…
Brendan Rodgers (9/2), Michael Carrick (5/1), Zinedine Zidane (7/1), Erik ten Hag (10/1), Laurent Blanc (12/1), Ralf Rangnick (12/1), Luis Enrique (20/1), Steve Bruce (20/1)
Latest updates on the candidates
According to Sky Sports, Pochettino is United’s first choice to take over as the club’s permanent manager next summer, with Ajax head coach Ten Hag their second choice.
However, the Daily Mail claim the Argentine is unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain and is keen to take up the role at Old Trafford immediately, rather than waiting until the end of the season.
Leicester City’s Rodgers has been contacted by the Red Devils following Solskjaer’s departure, with the club prepared to pay the £8million release fee, according to The Sun.
Meanwhile, as per BBC Sport, ex-Real Madrid manager Zidane is not interested in the United job right now, while Spain’s Enrique has also brushed off any rumours linking him with a move to England, and responded by saying: “Is today April Fools' Day?” when asked about the possibility of him replacing Solskjaer.
Former Newcastle United boss and ex-Red Devils defender Steve Bruce has also been named as a surprise candidate with The Athletic reporting that he is interested in the job and believes he can ‘stabilise’ the dressing room.