Saturday, November 28, 2020

Who could be the candidates to fix Manchester United’s problems?

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While Manchester United might have had many believing they turned a real corner after their 5-0 romp against RB Leipzig last week, the Reds came crashing back down to earth at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.

Eventually hit with a 1-0 defeat at home against Arsenal and watching the Gunners pick up their first victory in the red half of Manchester since 2006, the former Premier League champions still find themselves sat way down in 15th and many calling for a change in the dugout.

Only continuing to show a string of issues on home soil since returning from football’s enforced break over the summer, United have the feel of a club in a domestic crisis.

With criticism coming from the likes of former icons Gary Neville and Roy Keane after Sunday’s defeat against Arsenal, who are the potential options that could come in and replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford?

Mauricio Pochettino

Most recently linked with a potential move to Real Madrid over the past week, it won’t be a surprise to many across Europe that Mauricio Pochettino is seen to be a landslide favourite to take over what many feel is yet another rebuilding process at Manchester United.

Previously linked with the former top-flight champions since shockingly partying ways with Tottenham only months after guiding them to their first Champions League final, the one-time Southampton boss still remains without a new adventure.

With many now even more eager to see Pochettino feature on Sky’s Monday Night Football, there is no doubt that many around the red half of Manchester would eagerly jump at the chance to see Pochettino take over from Solskjaer.

With a host of Premier League experience, Pochettino is already priced as low as 8/13 with Betfair to be the next man to occupy Manchester United’s hot seat sooner rather than later.

Thomas Tuchel

While Manchester United might have stunned many across Europe as they grabbed a late winner away in Paris when opening their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win, Thomas Tuchel is certainly still regarded to be one of the top bosses on the continent.

While the former Borussia Dortmund boss might have helped guide the French giants to their first Champions League final over the summer, there has been some tension behind the scenes at the Parc des Princes and some around the French capital feel that Tuchel could be entering the final stages of his tenure with PSG.

Openly involved in an ongoing battle with sporting director Leonardo after Tuchel made it clear that he wanted to further add to his squad over the summer, there have even been reports out of France that under-fire Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is being eyed up over a potential switch to Paris.

Guiding PSG to back-to-back Ligue 1 titles during his two-year stay, Tuchel’s attacking philosophy would certainly be a real attraction to many around Old Trafford who have been vocal about Solskjaer’s continued defensive approach.

Diego Simeone

With the likes of Roy Keane heavily criticising Manchester United’s lack of a champions mentality following their 1-0 loss against former bitter rivals Arsenal on Sunday, many would be excited to see Diego Simeone and his strict approach take charge at Old Trafford.

In fact, Spanish TV pundit Eduardo Inda announced last year that the Red Devils had previously approached the 50-year-old about potentially taking charge before he made the decision to stay put with Atlético Madrid.

Already guiding the Spanish giants to seven pieces of major silverware, including a La Liga title back in 2013, the former Argentina international is almost universally regarded to be the best defensive coach across Europe and there is no doubt that Simeone could be the man to help United find some much-needed stability at the back.

Although Simeone might have signed a new three-year-deal with Atlético only last year, could Europe’s most pragmatic manager be tempted with a lucrative Premier League move after almost a decade in Spain?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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