Pochettino, Zidane on Manchester United roster after Solskjær teary exit | Manchester United


Manchester United are considering candidates such as Zinedine Zidane, Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag, Luis Enrique and Brendan Rodgers to take the helm from next summer following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

Solskjær lost his job a month before his third birthday as manager after Saturday’s sad 4-1 loss to Watford. The Norwegian gave the club a touching farewell interview with tears in his eyes on Sunday as United also began to seek an interim manager to take over for the remainder of the season.

There is no timeline for this appointment and Michael Carrick, one of Solskjær’s coaches, will oversee Tuesday’s Champions League group game at Villarreal and continue to lead the squad until someone else. ‘one is found. Lokomotiv Moscow sports and development manager Ralf Rangnick could be a candidate.

Among those who could take over in the longer term, Zidane has the exceptional CV. He guided Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles in two periods, the second of which ended in May. But although the 49-year-old is out of work, it’s unclear whether working in England attracts him.

It is understood that Pochettino would be keen to accept the post. The Paris Saint-Germain manager was coveted by United during his tenure at Tottenham, but the timing has never been right for him. However, he never played down his interest in United.

PSG, who have no desire to change managers mid-season, activated a one-year option on Pochettino’s contract in the summer after he was linked with a return to Spurs. His contract runs until June 2023 but an agreement allowing him to leave could be possible at the end of this campaign. In his 13-year career as a manager at four clubs, Pochettino has won only one trophy: the Coupe de France last season.

Ten Hag’s resume shows two Eredivisie titles with Ajax, including last season’s, and he guided the Dutch side to the Champions League semi-final in 2019 before Pochettino’s Spurs took them away. eliminate. Ten Hag tried to distance himself from United on Sunday. “I am focused on my team,” he told ESPN. “We have a brilliant team and we want to accomplish a lot. I expect my players to focus on Ajax, so I have to set a good example for that as well. I didn’t hear anything about it, so I can’t think about it.

Zidane, Pochettino or Ten Hag would represent an improvement over Solskjær when it comes to tactics, just like Enrique or Rodgers. Enrique, who won Barcelona’s second hat-trick by winning La Liga, the Champions League and a Copa del Rey in 2014-15, is the coach of Spain and has made fun of United ties . Taking the job next summer would mean missing the opportunity to lead his country to the World Cup in Qatar.

“Is this Día de los Inocentes [Spain’s April Fool’s Day]? “he declared on Sunday.” I am in the biggest team in Spain: the selección. There are 5,000 players, I have all the players I can want. Bigger than that, than that. is there ?

Rodgers won two Scottish titles, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups in under three years at Celtic before moving to Leicester City in 2019, with whom he won the FA Cup last season.

Of ties to United, Rodgers said on Saturday: “I spoke to the [players’] leadership group because I hear little bits and it stabilizes everything. They know my commitment to them, they know my commitment to the club, here, so also so that we become a better team.

Solskjær almost cried while supporting Carrick. “I’m getting emotional now because he’s the best, they’ll be fine,” he told MUTV. “I will watch them and support them. “

The outgoing manager, who kissed a fan before walking away from United’s training ground, admitted that the team “couldn’t get the results we needed and it was time for me to step down but said: “I’m going to go through the front gate because I think everyone knows I’ve given everything for this club. His assistants Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna are staying.

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A statement from United, who are eighth, six points off fourth, said: “Ole will always be a legend at Manchester United and it is with regret that we have made this difficult decision. While the past few weeks have been disappointing, they shouldn’t overshadow all the work he has done over the past three years to rebuild the foundations for long-term success.

The board ruled that Solskjær had earned the right to have a last chance to turn things around after the last international break, but concluded that a change was needed after the desired reaction was not seen at Watford. “Michael Carrick will now take charge of the squad for the next few matches as the club look to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season,” United said.

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