The era of after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer officially started Tuesday night with Manchester United’s first game without their former home scorer on the bench. A first match led by the interim coach Michael Carrick which ultimately ended well with uvictory against Villarreal (0-2) and a qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Two good news that should not dampen the turmoil behind the scenes at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils need to find a new coach and fast!
At the end of October, when Solskjaer was already announced for the release, two names had emerged in the British and international sports press. Those ofAntonio Conte and of Zinedine Zidane. The Italian track seemed the hottest at the time but is now definitively extinct. The former coach of Juventus and Inter has signed with Tottenham and is therefore no longer available.
The likelihood of seeing Zinédine Zidane at Old Trafford is also reduced. As reported by L’Equipe and the BBC, the French coach was not convinced by the Red Devils. However, he seems to be the only coach of a certain stature available on the market … with Ronaldo Koeman, recently sacked from FC Barcelona.
Pochettino, Rodgers and Ten Hag’s phone rings ‘busy’
The other options considered in recent days are currently under contract. The first on the Mancunian list is called Mauricio Pochettino. His name came back with insistence after Solskjaer’s ouster. Brilliant with Tottenham, the current PSG coach has the ideal profile to return as a savior in the Premier League. However, he wanted to put an end to the rumors at a press conference. “My contract runs until 2023. I’m very happy at Paris Saint-Germain, that’s a fact “, said the Argentine. According to the Daily Mirror, Pochettino was the trail privileged by Cristiano Ronaldo and other executives …
The other boiling option is that of Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irishman has distinguished himself wherever he has gone. At Liverpool where he came close to the title, at Celtic and now at Leicester City with whom he has a contract until 2025. Not really his business with the Foxes this season, he might be tempted by the Mancunian experience. Contacts have reportedly been made lately but even if Rodgers arrived in Manchester it certainly wouldn’t be immediately.
The name ofErik Ten Hag has also resurfaced in recent hours … as always when a position becomes available in a prestigious club. Still as convincing at the head of Ajax Amsterdam, which he has managed brilliantly for 4 years already, the Dutch coach politely kicked in touch. “JI focus on Ajax, the rest just distracts me […] JI haven’t heard of United’s interest so I can’t think about it “
Carrick on Solskjaer’s footsteps?
The other names mentioned so far are related to rumors which do not really find confirmation. So the names of Luis Henrique (Spain coach), Roberto Mancini (Italy coach), Carlos Queiroz (Egypt coach), Julen Lopetegui (Sevilla FC) and Laurent Blanc (coach in Qatar) were put on the table with more or less conviction.
In any case, the Red Devils do not seem close to finding a solution in the next few hours. Michael Carrick should therefore lead the team once again this Sunday against Chelsea. Appointed interim in December 2018 after the hasty departure of Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer had also started as an interim… to eventually remain in charge of the club 168 matches.
Without experience unlike his predecessor, Solskjaer’s former deputy will try to stay the course as long as possible but will he manage to keep the Mancunian boat afloat?