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Pochettino, Carrick, Zidane and the managers who could replace Solskjaer at Man Utd

2:24 PM EST 11/21/21
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GOAL looks at some of the contenders to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager

Manchester United announced on Sunday that they had parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and that Michael Carrick would be taking charge temporarily. 

The club confirmed the former midfielder will lead the team in their next games until someone is hired to manage the team on an interim basis until the end of the season. 

It is then expected that a permanent replacement for Solskjaer will be hired. Here GOAL looks at some of the names who have been linked and whether or not they are likely to be making the move.

  • Mauricio Pochettino PSG Lille 29102021

    Mauricio Pochettino

    A name that will keep being linked due to United’s long-standing interest. United are admirers of the former Spurs boss and he would be their first choice for taking the position on a permanent basis next summer. They considered appointing him the summer after Jose Mourinho was sacked but Solskjaer ended up getting the job on a permanent basis. When Solskjaer was under pressure last season and Pochettino was out of a job there was a suggestion he had been approached but he went to PSG and Solskjaer stayed put. His current position makes a move now more difficult but a move in the summer could suit all parties and it’s understood he’s interested.

  • Michael Carrick Manchester United

    Michael Carrick

    For now Carrick is the one who will be taking charge of the team. He was promoted to the first-team coaching staff under Jose Mourinho but has never managed a first team and his lack of experience makes him a temporary replacement rather than an option for the long term. Carrick and Kieran McKenna were the two who would lead sessions under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so how much of United’s game will change now the Norwegian has gone will remain to be seen.

  • Zidane

    Zinedine Zidane

    Probably the most glamorous name on the list of potential replacements and he’s currently out of work which puts him in the available category unlike a number of the others. Sources were keen to dismiss a move for the Frenchman a couple of weeks ago but it’s someone who could be revisited. However, it’s believed the former Real Madrid coach has reservations about a move and may not consider it even if it was offered.

  • Erik ten Hag Ajax

    Erik Ten Hag

    Current manager of Ajax which means any potential move becomes more difficult. He’s won two Eredivisie titles with Ajax and got them to the semi-final of the Champions League. He was recently asked about leaving Ajax for a different challenge abroad and he said he was happy where he is. He’s got admirers at Old Trafford and his resolve may be tested if United make a formal approach.

  • Ralf Rangnick 2019

    Ralf Rangnick

    A name that was constantly linked when United were on the hunt for a director of football and one that hasn’t gone away. It’s understood he would not be interested in taking the job if he were to be offered it.

  • Laurent Blanc Paris SG APOEL Nicosia UEFA Champions League 05112014

    Laurent Blanc

    Former United defender who is currently working with Qatar Stars League club Al-Rayyan. Blanc was one of those who was in the frame when Solskjaer was given the job on a temporary basis back in 2018. He could be an option in the interim to get them through until the end of the season.

  • Luis Enrique España Suecia 14112021

    Luis Enrique

    The current head of the Spanish national team is another name that has been thrown in the frame in the last few hours. The 51-year-old has already laughed off the suggestion. When it was put to him his reply was to ask if it is April Fools' Day? It is understood he is unlikely to leave before the World Cup next November/December so add that to his response and it seems unlikely he would be in consideration for either the interim or permanent position.

  • 20210930 Brendan Rodgers

    Brendan Rodgers

    Rodgers has admirers at Old Trafford and it is understood he too would be open to the move. However, there are big stumbling blocks in place. To get him away from Leicester now would cost a lot of money and he shot the reports down this week, calling them disrespectful. He said: "I can’t comment on it because it’s not real. I’m proud to be here at Leicester City. It’s frustrating for supporters and my players, but from a personal perspective, it’s something that is in the modern game, but something I have no focus on whatsoever.”

  • Julen Lopetegui Sevilla

    Julen Lopetegui

    Another name in the frame is Sevilla boss Lopetegui. He is under contract with the Spanish side until 2024 so would not be a free option and there is a suggestion that Jorge Mendes, Cristiano Ronaldo's agent, is pushing for United to make a move. He has managed Sevilla since 2019 and led them to Europa League success last year.