Manchester United chiefs are facing mounting pressure to make a managerial change after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led the club to another defeat in the Premier League
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing a fresh wave of scrutiny after leading Manchester United to a 2-0 loss at home to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils dropped points for the sixth time in 11 Premier League games in dismal fashion as they were dominated by their local rivals at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer has won one, drawn one and lost one of the three games he was reportedly handed to turn things around following the humiliating 5-0 defeat by Liverpool.
It remains to be seen whether this will convince United chiefs to make a managerial change, or if they will stick with the under-fire Norwegian until at least the end of the season.
Antonio Conte was considered a leading contender to replace Solskjaer, but he is no longer available after joining Tottenham Hotspur earlier this week.
With the Italian out of the running, here are four candidates to become the next Manchester United manager.
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The Leicester City boss is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Solskjaer in the Old Trafford hot seat and has earned plaudits during a successful stint in the east Midlands.
Rodgers, 48, took over following Claude Puel’s sacking in February 2019 and led the Foxes to the FA Cup last season and the Community Shield this summer.
While the former Liverpool boss could be keen on the United job, it may prove hard to prise him from Leicester as he is under contract until the summer of 2025.
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The iconic Frenchman is a free agent having left Real Madrid at the end of last season, which would make appointing him an easier logistical task.
Zidane, 49, won three Champions League titles and La Liga twice during two stints at the Santiago Bernabeu, so he has a CV befitting a United manager.
However, the Red Devils may need to bide their time as reports in Spain claim the former playmaker has no interest in returning to management just yet as he recuperates away from the limelight.
Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino remains a popular figure in the Premier League two years from his Tottenham Hotspur departure.
The Argentine, 49, is highly-rated having led Spurs to the 2019 Champions League final, while his PSG side are cruising at the top of the Ligue 1 table at this early point of the season.
United will need to offer the French club an attractive proposal to make them part ways with Pochettino, as this summer he extended his contract at the Parc des Princes until 2023.
Erik ten Hag
One of the names linked with the Newcastle United dugout in recent weeks, Erik ten Hag has a growing list of admirers thanks to his impressive work at Ajax.
The 51-year-old has won two Eredivisie-Dutch Cup doubles since his appointment in 2017 and he also led the Amsterdam giants to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.
Ten Hag, like Pochettino, extended his contract until 2023 earlier this year and Mirror Sport understands he was reluctant to take over at relegation-threatened Newcastle, suggesting he has loftier ambitions for his next role.
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