The club has changed 5 managers for the last 7 years. Will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is in charge of United now, be dismissed soon as well? Let’s have a look at the club’s history and consider potential candidates to replace the Norwegian, if he were to get sacked.
True fans know that the modern history of Manchester United can be divided into two periods: with Ferguson (1986 – 2013) and post-Ferguson (2013 – present). Alex Ferguson had been managing the Red Devils for 27 years. During his tenure, the club nurtured many football stars, including David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. Sir Alex Ferguson was knighted for his services to football, having won 38 trophies with Manchester United.
It seemed like Ferguson would coach MU forever. But in the season 2012-2013, the legendary manager guided United to become league champions for the 20th time and announced his retirement.
When Fergie, as fans call him, left, the club faced the necessity to find a worthy replacement. During the 7 years that followed, Manchester United changed 5 managers, but unfortunately didn’t succeed in finding the right one. Even talented and titled Jose Mourinho lasted for only two and a half years.
In March 2019, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed to take over the Red Devils, which gave some hope for a better future. In the season 2019-20, the Norwegian manager helped the club finish 3rd in the Premier league and return to the Champions League to the delight of numerous fans.
However, the current season started with a home loss to Crystal Palace. Losing like this, can Solskjaer feel secure at his post?
Bookies prepared a list of potential candidates to replace the current United manager.
John Terry is on the list. Being at the start of his managerial career, the assistant head coach at Aston Villa definitely has plans for the future. Besides, one of his former teammates, Frank Lampard, already manages Chelsea. Although the odds on John Terry are really high – 501, there is a slight probability of his appointment at the helm of Manchester United.
Another possible candidate is David Beckham. Despite the fact that David himself didn’t express the desire to start coaching, bookies believe that there is still a chance and give him the odds of 276.
Manchester United would certainly benefit from the appointment of Arsene Wenger. He is experienced, goal-oriented and capable of winning. The question is whether the famous coach would want to return to this stressful job. If you are positive about it, you can bet on Wenger for the odds of 34.
Massimiliano Allegri is in search of a job now. Having won 4 straight Scudetto with Juventus, Allegri was absolutely unjustly dismissed by the club. Perhaps, the universe will favour him with an offer from the United. The odds that Allegri will be invited to manage the club – 8.
The main candidate to replace Solskjaer, in case he’s sacked, is Mauricio Pochettino. The odds are 2.995. Manchester United wouldn’t mind someone who already knows the Premier League from the inside, just like the former Tottenham manager. Besides, Pochettino has been unemployed since he left Spurs in 2019.