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The pressure continues to build on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his Manchester United side struggle both domestically and in Europe.
A disappointing exit from the Champions League group stage last week was followed up by a dour 0-0 draw against rivals Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.
That leaves the Red Devils eighth in the table, five points off leaders Tottenham, and certain sections of the fanbase are calling for answers.
The heady days of 2018 and endless renditions of ‘Ole’s At The Wheel’ seem a long time ago now, so here at Paddy Power we have gathered together the most likely options who could replace Solskjaer in a handy market for punters to peruse.
Unsurprisingly, top of the list is former Tottenham boss and all-round dreamboat Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine has been widely tipped to join Manchester United at various points throughout his career, and speculation reached boiling point when he was dismissed by Daniel Levy at Spurs last November.
While Pochettino would appear to be the frontrunner for the top job at Old Trafford, might United instead turn to Massimiliano Allegri if Poch doesn’t fancy it?
The Italian has bags of experience and most recently oversaw a fifth-straight Serie A triumph for Juventus before leaving the Turin club in the summer.
Allegri can boast 11 trophies from just five seasons at Juve, while he previously helped AC Milan to their first Serie A title since 2003/04 when the Rossoneri finished top of the league in 2011.
First and foremost, results matter at Old Trafford so Allegri actually has the upper hand on Pochettino, who is still yet to win any silverware in his managerial career.
Brendan Rodgers has established himself as a regular in almost every ‘Next Manager’ market following Leicester’s sustained improvement in recent seasons, while PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is another who is continually linked with a big Premier League move.
Meanwhile, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is also in the mix after more magic on the south coast and incidentally also has a better trophy cabinet than Poch after winning the 2.Bundesliga with FC Ingolstadt in 2014/15. Can’t argue with trophies.
Plus, anyone with good enough chat to avoid the sack after a 9-0 defeat is surely worthy of serious consideration.
And sharply-dressed RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann would surely relish the chance to go up against Pep Guardiola in a fashion face-off, while his most recent triumph over Solskjaer in the Champions League has put him firmly in the limelight.
Meanwhile, we’ve also priced up some United club legends who could ride to the rescue – Michael Carrick and Nicky Butt are not too far-fetched and would offer plenty of continuity at the club while the appointment of Roy Keane would finally give the Irishman a chance to tell the current squad exactly what they’re doing wrong.
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