Well, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is gone, so that should be problem solved for Manchester United…right?
Unfortunately not. Firstly, a quick look at the four main names being linked as Solskjaer’s replacement at Man Utd shows that there really isn’t an outstanding candidate out there right now; no sign of an easily available Jurgen Klopp-esque figure who is needed to transform a once-great club that is currently on its knees.
Clearly, Solskjaer needed to go, but one can also understand why the people in charge of the Red Devils have been reluctant to make a change now, as there doesn’t look to be anyone out there who’s ideally suited to the scale of this challenge.
BBC Sport mention Mauricio Pochettino as a leading candidate, whilst Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers are also seemingly in the frame. Another report from the BBC mentioned Zinedine Zidane looking unlikely, but those rumours are unlikely to go away.
Here’s a look at each of those four names and their respective strengths and weaknesses…
Mauricio Pochettino to leave PSG for Manchester United?
Plays good football, but keeps things solid at the back. His Tottenham teams punched well above their weight and had the best defensive record in the Premier League for two seasons in a row – 2015/16 and 2016/17. Now has experience of managing big egos and dealing with big expectations at Paris Saint-Germain.
According to the BBC story above, Poch is supposedly not too happy with the setup at PSG, with the Argentine having a lack of control over transfers, where superstars are a priority over squad balance. Someone should really have a word with him about the team he’s supposedly so keen to quit PSG for.
Brendan Rodgers has also been linked with the Man Utd job
His teams play the right way. He’s experienced in the Premier League. He doesn’t need a big transfer budget to make an impact. Got an unfancied Liverpool team just a whisker away from a…