Manchester United Fires Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Mauricio Pochettino Favored to Replace Him

| November 22, 2021 9:35 am PDT
  • Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ending his three-year reign as manager.
  • The Red Devils lost 4-1 to Watford on Saturday, leaving them eighth in the EPL table.
  • Mauricio Pochettino is the bookies’ favorite to replace Solskjaer on a permanent basis.

Manchester United finally parted ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, November 21, following a humiliating 4-1 defeat to Watford.

Solskjaer leaves the club after almost three years at the helm. The Red Devils find themselves eighth in the Premier League table – 12 points behind first-place Chelsea.

Man Utd has announced that former assistant Michael Carrick will lead the team on a temporary basis. However, Mauricio Pochettino is the bookmakers’ favorite to be the next permanent manager.

Before we examine where it all went wrong for Solskjaer, let’s check out the bookies’ odds for the next Manchester United manager.

Next Manchester United Manager Odds

Mauricio Pochettino4.00
Brendan Rodgers4.50
Michael Carrick4.50
Zinedine Zidane6.00
Erik ten Hag8.00
Ralf Rangnick13.00
Laurent Blanc15.00
Luis Enrique21.00
Diego Simeone21.00
Graham Potter34.00

The best soccer betting sites see Maurico Pochettino (4.00) as the frontrunner to be the next permanent Man Utd manager. That said, the Argentine only joined Paris Saint-Germain back in January.

Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers (4.50) is another genuine candidate for the job, as is the current interim boss, Michael Carrick (4.50).

It has been reported that Man Utd has approached Zinedine Zidane (6.00) regarding the vacant role. However, the ex-Real Madrid manager isn’t among the bookies’ group of immediate favorites.

Ajax’s Erik ten Hag (8.00) completes the top five, while Ralf Rangnick (13.00), Laurent Blanc (15.00), Luis Enrique (21.00), Diego Simeone (21.00), and Graham Potter (34.00) make up the top ten.

It’s time to analyze how the Red Devils get themselves into this position in the first place.

Where Did It All Go Wrong for Solskjaer?

Let’s face it – Solskjaer had been walking on thin ice for a long time.

As a former player and legend of the club, the Norwegian was always going to be given more time than others to turn things around. But he couldn’t turn the tide.

At the end of the day, the table doesn’t lie. Man Utd sits eighth in the Premier League standings, having taken just 17 points from a possible 36 this season.

Not only have the Red Devils lost four of their last five EPL games, but they have also won just three of their previous 11 outings across all competitions.

Despite seeing 62% possession on Saturday, United conceded four goals in an embarrassing thrashing to Watford. Ultimately, that loss proved to be the final nail in the coffin.

Who Will Be the Next Manchester United Manager?

Michael Carrick will lead Man Utd over the coming games. The 40-year-old moves into his first senior management role after learning his trade as one of Solskjaer’s assistant coaches.

However, there is no indication that Carrick will be given the job on a permanent basis. He will be trusted in the short term, but United will almost certainly appoint a big-name manager in due course.

According to reports, Mauricio Pochettino is the club’s primary target. Although the former Tottenham Hotspur manager is currently at PSG, he would surely consider the switch to Old Trafford.

It has also been reported that Zinedine Zidane is not interested in Man Utd’s approach, according to sources close to the Frenchman. But don’t be surprised if his name continues to circulate.

There are question marks over Brendan Rodgers, too. The Leicester boss has built something special at the King Power Stadium over the past couple of year, so would he jump ship?

At this moment in time, it feels like Pochettino is destined to be the next United manager. Carrick is a solid temporary fix, but Pochettino is undoubtedly a better long-term option.

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Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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