Manchester United started out the season strong and ready with several high-profile transfers to the team. Although the Red Devils have significantly improved with Solskjaer’s management, consistency seems to be what they are lacking, and it is becoming increasingly frustrating for supporters and the board.
Many are not convinced the Norwegian manager will be relieved of his duties soon considering the number of signings they made during the summer. Also, one can not simply ignore their runners up position last season, which shows Solskjaer might have a few more surprises in store for the club.
Nonetheless, some Premier League silverware is needed to seal the deal, and Manchester United have come under heavy criticism since they have failed to make a notable impact yet this season. In the time of Sir Alex Ferguson, one of Sportingbet’s Greatest English Clubs Managers and the world, Manchester United had established themselves as the Premier League’s most dominant force. The team certainly has the potential to do better, and if the current situation continues, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have to say goodbye to his team.
Manchester United are eyeing up possible replacements in preparation for this event. Here are our top three replacements for the current Manchester United manager.
Brendan Rogers – Leicester City
Although Rogers’ ties to Liverpool might be alarming to some, he did manage to lead the Reds to second place in the 2014 Premier League, despite all odds. The Irishman also boasts two Scottish Premiership titles and three Scottish league cups with Celtic to his name.
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He returned to Leicester City in 2018, and it seems his time there is coming to an end, making him a suitable candidate for the job.
Zidane could be the perfect fit for United right now, in terms of consistency and playing attacking football. His success at Real Madrid speaks for itself, and with familiar faces like Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane to tempt him, he might be interested in making a move. The duo played a significant role during his time at Los Blancos, and Zidane had a knack for getting the best out of star squads.
The Algerian manager also has experience managing superstars and is also fond of French midfielder Paul Pogba. There were times when Pogba was heavily linked with Real Madrid during Zidane’s time as a manager, but the move never materialized.
According to recent speculation, former Chelsea manager Conte is reportedly Manchester United’s number one choice, if the Norwegian is sacked. Labelled as a mercurial character, Conte is demanding and settles for no less than success from his team. Although that may trigger some much-needed consistency within Manchester United, it doesn’t necessarily make him a great person to deal with.
There have been issues with his previous teams at Chelsea and Inter Milan, and Ronaldo also expressed his dislike when Conte was considered the successor for Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus. At the time, he believed his defensive approach and strict disciplinarian tactics would destroy their game.
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However, despite his controversial tactics and style of play, he might be what United needs at the moment. The Italian is still one of the best managers in the world, and he has won league titles with almost all of his teams, including Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Juventus.
Former English footballer Gabriel Agbonlahor seems to agree with this and believes he is just what the Red Devils need:
“I just don’t think Ole’s the man. If that was [Antonio] Conte, he’d be like, okay Ronaldo is on the penalty, you haven’t got an ‘if’ you don’t like it Fernandes come and sit with me, Ole doesn’t have that pull,’ he told TalkSPORT.
“If I was Manchester United now, Chelsea did it with Lampard, got rid of a club legend and brought in Tuchel and look what happened. Man United need to now take Ole out of it, give him a job in the board, bring in Conte and he will get the best out of these players.
“Even the decision during the games, Maguire was limping for 10 minutes before he brought him off.
“You need a goal in the last 10 minutes, and you bring on Cavani who hasn’t played any minutes this season, you’ve got Lingard there who scored a late winner against West Ham, you’ve got Sancho which you’ve brought for £70m sitting on the bench.
“I just think some of his decision have been miles off it, I think United have to bit the bullet and get rid of him, bring in Conte who’s out there, Zidane is out there in order to get better out of these players.”