Man Utd have five Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replacements in mind – two names are surprising | Football | Sport
Manchester United have five managers in mind to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should the Norwegian lose his job at Old Trafford, reports say.
The 46-year-old is facing a crunch few weeks ahead as he aims to save his job, with the Red Devils currently stuck in a rut.
Manchester United have insisted they will give Solskjaer time to turn things around, something the manager himself has echoed in recent times.
Yet 90min claim that the club are preparing for the worst and have five names in mind should they be forced into making a change.
Massimiliano Allegri, the current favourite for the job, is among those mentioned.
The Italian has recently been learning English – which is a detail his entourage supposedly want potential suitors to know about before his next name.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has also been touted as a replacement and he, too, is on the list.
The 32-year-old only moved to his current club from Hoffenheim in the summer but his tactics and style of play has attracted plenty of interest.
Real Madrid made an approach for Nagelsmann last year but ultimately chose to bring Zinedine Zidane in for a second stint instead.
A third name, somewhat inevitably, is Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine is seemingly preparing to leave Tottenham behind and Spurs have already contacted former United boss Jose Mourinho about taking over.
Tottenham would complicate any move to Old Trafford for Pochettino but he was interested in the United job when Mourinho was sacked back in December.
And with his Spurs side struggling, this coming summer could be the ideal moment to cut ties.
The final two names on United’s managerial shortlist are somewhat surprising.
Erik ten Tag has his admirers at Old Trafford after steering Ajax to both the Eredivisie title and semi-finals of the Champions League last season.
He’s a relative unknown, especially having not managed in one of Europe’s ‘big leagues’ but, in United’s eyes, ticks the boxes.
And a final name being tipped to take over is RB Salzburg’s Jesse Marsch.
Marsch has done well at the Austrian giants, with his side also making a splash in the Champions League.
But whether United end up sticking by Solskjaer, or bringing someone in as his replacement, is something only time will tell.