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STAR PREVIEW: Who’s next at Man U?

It’s finally happened. Yes, on Tuesday José Mourinho was sacked as Manchester United manager following Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool, a loss that confirmed United’s worst start to a Premier League season for 28 years. 19 points behind Liverpool (and 18 behind Manchester City).

The speculation had been building for a while but now that his departure is confirmed, the markets are already up and running in the search for his replacement. The club has said that a caretaker manager will be appointed – indeed Michael Michael Carrick will take charge of training later on Tuesday, before an interim boss is appointed, a role that will last until the end of the season. initially made Michael Carrick a short price to take the next job on a permanent basis but there are plenty of contenders for one of the biggest jobs in football, even if it’s starting to become a poisoned chalice.

(All odds subject to fluctuation and correct at time of going to press)

Michael Carrick (8/1)

A club legend who was an instrumental part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s best teams, Carrick has taken charge of training and can be seen as the de-facto manager until someone takes over. He would be short on experience but surely would have a better relationship with club staff.

Zinedine Zidane (4/1)

The former Real Madrid manager, who left after retaining the Champions League in the summer, would be a serious statement as an appointment and played an exciting brand of football whilst at the Bernabeu. He is currently free and likely to be free in the summer, and his excellent personal relationships with most of the club at Real were a key part in their success. Would he be keen to take the job, and undertake the restructuring that the club clearly needs?

Antonio Conte (10/1)

A serial winner at both Juventus and Chelsea, and a ready-made Premier League manager who understands what is needed in England. He was sacked by Chelsea in the summer after a long period of hostility between him and the board but had won the League and FA Cup in two seasons. It remains to be seen how fans would react to what can sometimes be a rather functional style of football, however – but his defensive organisation would be a start.

Mauricio Pochettino (10/1)

One of the most highly rated managers in World football, the current Spurs boss has often been mooted for the top job. Many observers believe he has taken Tottenham as far as he can – and all this without a trophy, despite an incredibly impressive domestic record. His Spurs side play a thrilling brand of football.

Laurent Blanc (13/8 FAV)

Has a good rapport from two years spent with the club at his playing days as a centre-back, where he finished his career. He is most known for his time at PSG and France, where he won Ligue 1 domestically and then went out at the quarter-finals to Spain, but he took Bordeaux to a second place finish domestically so doesn’t always need great quality tools. Also free at the moment.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (9/4)

Currently manager of Molde in Norway, where he signed a new contract this month that lasts until December 2021 having finished in second place for the second successive year this season. He is of course well known to United fans but he was unable to avoid relegation with Cardiff in 2014 when he was sacked in September of that season.

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