Zinedine Zidane and four other managers available to Man Utd right now amid Erik ten Hag pressure
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Manchester United are standing by Erik ten Hag for now, but who could they turn to if they change their mind? It has been a tough start to the season for the Red Devils, who were thrashed 3-0 at home by City over the weekend.
Erik ten Hag seemed to lead United to a step forward last season, securing Champions League qualification and a Carabao Cup, but they have looked a long way from those standards this season. The cracks are starting to appear amid bad headlines on and off the pitch, and while Ten Hag is said to retain support from the club chiefs for now, there is no doubting that pressure is starting to build.
With that in mind, we have taken a look at five managers who are currently without work and potentially available. Here's who United may consider should Ten Hag get the boot in the coming weeks.
Löw spent 15 years in charge of the German national team, achieving a World Cup win along the way. Löw ensured general excellence during his long stint in charge of his national team, and he has already said that he is not retired at 62 years of age. The risk here is that Löw hasn't had a club job since 2004, and he has never managed a top club. Though, he may have the right ingredients having successfully managed expectation and some of the biggest players and personalities for more than a decade during that Germany role.
Julen Lopetegui (and other outsiders)
An outside option, but Julen Lopetegui has experienced a number of big jobs, including Real Madrid and Spain, albeit the former didn't last particularly long. Lopetegui will install a clear style of play, playing out of the back, though whether it would be to United's liking is another thing. Still, he is a name that may pop up should the Red Devils find themselves looking.
We'll also take this opportunity to mention the likes of Marcelino, Andres Villas-Boas and Ruud van Nistelrooy, who could serve as potential outsiders having had some impressive experience elsewhere, though likely not enough at the top level.
Conte is a winner, racking up three Premier League titles, four Serie A titles and a Serie B title, along with a number of cups. The Italian puts winning teams together, but he comes at a cost. Not only does he not install a long-term philosophy, but he often falls out with club chiefs, as he showed most recently with Tottenham.
United are likely to search for a long-term boss, and Conte is not that. Though, if they want success over a couple of years, the Italian may be the man to call.
Flick grew in popularity after taking over at Bayern Munich and quickly impressing, winning two Bundesligas and all there is to win with the Bavarian club, including a Champions League. Since then, though, he has struggled with the German national team, becoming the first manager in history to be sacked from the position. After two years, he had the second-worse win return of any Germany manager.
Flick would be an unlikely option based on his most recent role, but his Bayern record will likely get him into the conversation.
Zidane may be the most obvious option if he can be talked out of returning from his lengthy break. The former France star has had two managerial spells with Real Madrid, and across those spells he has won two La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues, two Spanish Supercups, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups.
The former midfielder has a proven, winning record at one of - if not the - biggest clubs in the world, and he remains an attractive commodity. Though, he has turned his nose up at a number of vacancies, and as well as being very expenside, he may be hard to lure, evidently waiting for a specific opening.