Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s face has already been removed from the decoration visible outside Old Trafford – thus symbolically ending OGS’s relationship with United as the team’s coach. His duties were taken over by the Norwegian assistant Michael Carrick, who had already made his debut in a new role – he led the “Red Devils” to a 2-0 victory against Villarreal in the Champions League.
As well as Carrick’s performance, the club’s management agrees that he cannot be anything more than a temporary trainer at this point. Therefore, a large-scale campaign of talks with potential candidates for permanent employment is underway – numerous British media are competing in mentioning more names.
Recently, the UK has focused primarily on the candidacies of Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane.. While the latter was about to firmly refuse to work for United, Pochettino would have liked to leave PSG and return to work in England, mainly because of his poor relationship with the sports director of Les Parisiens.
The Argentinean takeover can be quite a complicated operation, however, especially in the middle of the season. Therefore, MU is also to look for backup options – on the “short list”, according to the media from the United Kingdom, incl. The Daily Mail has five names.
The most common one among the reports is Ernesto Valverde, who has been unemployed for nearly two years. The last place of work of the Spaniard was FC Barcelona, from which he was dismissed in January 2020 – he was replaced by Quique Setien, who, however, did not survive even a full year in “Blaugran”. Before that, Valverde had been driving Athletic Bilbao for several years.
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Other leads, in turn, lead to other strong European leagues – United are to consider options regarding Lucien Favre (former Borussia Dortmund coach), Rudi Garcia (ex-Olympique Lyon) and Paulo Fonseci (ex-AS Roma). All of the mentioned parted ways with their last employers over the last season.
The case of Ralf Rangnick is very specific in the whole context. In the past, the German was associated as a coach of incl. with RB Leipzig, but for some time he has been involved in quite different duties – in Lokomotiv Moskwa he is the club’s sport and development manager. Perhaps this fact will make it the easiest option to implement for the “Red Devils” – after all, the team from the Russian capital may not want to get rid of the coach in the middle of the season, but in the case of a person holding an administrative position, they could be more open to negotiations.
Manchester United will play their next game in the Premier League on November 28 away. Michael Carrick and his team will face London’s Chelsea, who are fighting hard to win the England Championship this year.