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5 Managers that could replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager

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Manchester United have made a poor start to the new Premier League season with three wins, three losses and one draw from their first seven games of the season and they currently sit in 14th place – albeit with a game in hand.

After losing to Arsenal in the Premier League and then to Basaksehir in the Champions League three days later, there were calls for Solskjaer to be sacked but he rallied his side to pull off an impressive victory against Everton on Saturday which has seemed to secure his job at least for the immediate future.

However, failure to climb up the league table could cost the Norwegian his job in charge of the club.

Here, we take a look at the 5 managers who could replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager.

1. Mauricio Pochettino

The former Tottenham and Southampton boss is the most likely to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should he get the boot this season. He has been out of a job since been sacked by Spurs on 19 November 2020, after five and half years at the club.

Pochettino led Tottenham to their first UEFA Champions League final in the 2018/19 season, the first in the club’s history, which they lost 2-0 to Liverpool. He secured top four finishes in four of his five seasons at the club.

He also led Spurs to a second place finish in the 2016/17 season with an impressive 86 points, seven points behind champions Chelsea.

He has been touted as the next United manager by fans and pundits alike and it would be no surprise to see him end up at Old Trafford in the foreseeable future.

2. Massimiliano Allegri

The Italian has been out of work since leaving his post as Juventus manager in 2019. He joined Juventus from AC Milan in 2014 where he led the Rossoneri to their first league title since 2004 and a Supercoppa Italiana title all in his first season.

At Juventus, he won five consecutive league titles and four consecutive domestic doubles between 2015 and 2018, and remains the only coach to achieve this feat in the top five European leagues.

In Allegri, United will find themselves an experienced coach, a proven winner and a man that has a lot of sway in the transfer market and all of that makes him a perfect fit for the Old Trafford job.

3. Ralph Hasenhuttl

The current Southampton boss is another manager who could replace Solskjaer as United manager. He joined Southampton in December 2018 after guiding newly-promoted RB Leipzig to 2nd and 6th place finishes in his two seasons at the Bundesliga club.

Although his first season in charge of Southampton finished with the Saints 16th in the league, the transformation of the team since under his leadership has been remarkable as they currently sit fourth in the Premier league standings, two points behind leaders Leicester City after going first temporarily last weekend.

The Austrian is known for his high intensity, attacking style of football and a willingness to develop younger players. Both of these characteristics will be music to the ears of Manchester United fans. The 53-year old certainly looks a good candidate to take charge of the Red Devils.

4. Julian Nagelsmann

The German is an interesting prospect for the United job. At 33, he is one of the youngest managers in Europe and has impressed at Leipzig so far since taking charge in June 2019.

He led his side to a third place finish behind Bayern and Dortmund in his first season at the club and they currently sit 2nd in the league after seven games. Nagelsmann became the youngest coach in history to win a UEFA Champions League knockout tie after a 4-0 victory against Tottenham.

Nagelsmann also became the youngest coach in history to coach a side in a Champions League Semi-Final match when they progressed to the semi-final of the competition last season although they lost the game 3-0 to Paris Saint-Germain.

The young manager is said to be keen to test himself in the Premier League and with his unique, idealistic brand of football, he may be the man to lead another Ferguson-like dynasty at United.

5. Thomas Tuchel

The Paris Saint-Germain manager has long been tipped to take over the helm at the Red Devils and should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be sacked, it may finally be time for him to do so.

The former Dortmund boss was close to winning a Champions league crown with the French side but was denied by the in-form Bayern Munich last summer. There’s no doubt that the Champions League trophy is the one trophy that the PSG owners desire the most and failure to deliver it this season might cost the 47-year old his job.

It remains unlikely that Tuchel will be prised out of the Ligue 1 champions until the end of the season but whether United hold on to Solskjaer until then remains to be seen.

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