Man Utd’s 5 most likely managerial candidates to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is being increasingly linked with becoming the next manager in the Premier League to lose his job due to Manchester United's poor form.

Sunday's 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool was the latest and most damning in a series of poor results, with it looking more likely than ever that Solskjaer could be sacked.

The Red Devils now sit in seventh place in the table and are eight points adrift of league leaders Chelsea, with their hopes of a title challenge already fading.

As a result, The Inside Track have revealed their odds for the next United manager and here are the five most likely candidates to replace Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

Zinedine Zidane

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is the current favourite to replace Solskjaer at Manchester United, having been out of work since leaving Los Blancos in the summer.

Across two spells as boss at the Santiago Bernabeu, Zidane won three consecutive Champions Leagues, two league titles and the Club World Cup in 2017 and 2018.

He was also named the world's best coach in those years having worked with the club's Castilla side for two years, first as an assistant and then as manager.

United would likely face competition for Zidane, who is believed to be the most in-demand coach in Europe, with the new owners at Newcastle United also interested as are Paris Saint-Germain in the long term.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers' Leicester City came from behind to beat United 4-2 last weekend, having also knocked Solskjaer's side out of last season's FA Cup on route to lifting the trophy.

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The former Celtic boss has guided the Foxes to back-to-back fifth place finishes and appearances in the Europa League in his two full seasons in charge.

He recently shut down rumours linking him with the Newcastle United job, while key figures at Manchester City reportedly see him as the man to replace Pep Guardiola when he leaves the club.

As well as running until the end of the 2024/25 season, Rodgers' contract at Leicester also contains a clause that requires other clubs to pay £14million if they want to hire him while he is still in charge at the King Power Stadium.

Antonio Conte

Like Zidane, Antonio Conte is also out of work having left his previous club at the end of last season.

The Italian stepped down from his role as Inter Milan manager after guiding them to their first league title in 11 years and was linked with both Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.

However, the former Chelsea boss, who won the Premier League in his first season at Stamford Bridge, remains unemployed and is understood to be interested in replacing Solskjaer.

Conte's impressive CV includes five league title wins with three different clubs in Italy and England, having won three in a row with Juventus between 2012 and 2014.

Mauricio Pochettino

Having previously been strongly linked with the United job during his time as manager of Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino's name is once again amongst the favourites to succeed Solskjaer.

Pochettino was dismissed by Spurs in November 2019, having led them to the Champions League final just six months earlier, and was appointed PSG boss in January this year.

He won the Coupe de France last season and his side are amongst the favourites to win the Champions League this season, despite missing out on the Ligue 1 title to Lille in 2020/21.

Given that Pochettino has only been in charge in Paris for nine months, the chances of him leaving to take over at United are low.

Erik ten Hag

Another manager that was linked with the Spurs job in the summer that is also believed to be in the running to replace Solskjaer is Erik ten Hag.

The Dutchman has been in charge of Ajax since December 2017 and was in charge during their fairy tale run to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2018/19.

He has won two domestic doubles in the Netherlands, most recently last season, and is regularly linked with Europe's biggest clubs due to his success with Ajax.

Newcastle United are understood to also be interested in ten Hag, with the 51-year-old said to be the preferred candidate of prospective new director of football Marc Overmars, who also currently works for Ajax.

Next Manchester United Manager odds with Grosvenor Sport:

Zinedine Zidane 3/1
Brendan Rodgers 7/2
Antonio Conte 5/1
Mauricio Pochettino 12/1
Erik ten Hag 12/1
Laurent Blanc 20/1
Massimiliano Allegri 25/1
Rafael Benitez 25/1
Gareth Southgate 25/1
Julian Nagelsmann 25/1
33/1 bar
*odds subject to change

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