Who’s Favourite To Be The Next Manchester United Manager?

Who’s Favourite To Be The Next Manchester United Manager?
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Erik ten Hag has been in charge of Manchester United for just a short time, but already betting sites have opened the market on who will replace him.

The Dutchman has endured a baptism of fire in the English game, overseeing back-to-back defeats by Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford to leave United rooted to the foot of the table.

With Liverpool up next, it will likely get even worse before it gets better for the Red Devils.

Ten Hag did an excellent job at Ajax, but this is a very different kind of job. The Amsterdam outfit are well run from top to bottom, which allowed Ten Hag to concentrate fully on coaching the first team.

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The same cannot be said at United, where he has already had to take on more duties than he is used to.

With the club stuck in a rut (especially after their 4-0 defeat to Brentford), there are doubts over whether Ten Hag has the charisma and personality to drag them out of it.

It is clearly far too early to write the Dutchman off, but if things do not improve in the next while United may be tempted to pull the plug.

Let’s take a look at the odds on the club’s next manager and then analyse some of the leading contenders.

Manchester United Next Permanent Manager Odds

Mauricio Pochettino5/4Betfair
Zinedine Zidane5/1Paddy Power
Graham Potter9/1Betfair
Gareth Southgate12/1Paddy Power
Brendan Rodgers16/1Betfair
Diego Simeone20/1Paddy Power
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer20/1Betfair

Should United Have Got Mauricio Pochettino Instead?

Mauricio Pochettino was included on a two-man shortlist to take over at Old Trafford this summer, but United chose Ten Hag instead.

It was not the first time they considered Pochettino, who was initially the favourite to replace Mourinho in late 2018.

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The Argentine was probably overlooked because of a largely disappointing spell at PSG. In hindsight, perhaps United should have gone for the ex-Tottenham head coach.

He knows the English game well from his time at Spurs and Southampton, is a more charismatic figure than Ten Hag, and has more experience of working with a dressing room full of big personalities.

Pochettino now is the 5/4 favourite on football betting sites to be the next United boss, but will United reverse a decision they came to just a few months ago.

Zinedine Zidane Still Out Of Work And Available

Zinedine Zidane was strongly linked with the PSG job over the summer, and he may well have got it had Leonardo remained the sporting director.

The talk was that the top brass favoured Zidane to succeed Pochettino, but the final say was given to Leonardo’s replacement Luis Campos, who opted for Christophe Galtier.

The assumption is that Zidane is waiting for the France job, which is likely to become vacant after the World Cup.

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If Didier Deschamps underachieves, the French Football Federation will probably thank him for 2018 and seek a fresh face in the dugout. If he wins another World Cup, Deschamps may well chose to bow out on a high.

With that in mind, odds of 5/1 with Paddy Power on Zidane ending up at Old Trafford are not particularly attractive.

Potter Continues To Impress As Brighton Boss

Of all the British managers currently working in the Premier League, Graham Potter appears to be destined for the biggest things.

His Brighton team outclassed the hosts at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the season, and the United fans inside the stadium must have been impressed by what they saw.

As such, Potter is available at 9/1 on Betfair to succeed Ten Hag. A bright coach who plays attractive football and has earned high praise from the likes of Pep Guardiola, the main doubt over Potter is whether he can handle the egos at a club the size of United.

Could Southgate Be Available After The Qatar World Cup?

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate is heading into his third major tournament in charge of England, and his side are one of the favourites in the 2022 World Cup betting odds.

However, a parting of the ways after Qatar is a distinct possibility and it will be interesting to see where Southgate ends up next.

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That’s because the 51-year-old has not held a club job since leaving Middlesbrough in 2009.

Southgate has done a fine job at the helm of his country, but it would be a risk for United to appoint a manager who has very little experience of club football.

There may also be concerns over Southgate’s apparent tactical tendency towards caution, and that’s why you’ll find him out at odds of 12/1.

Rodgers’ Chances Have Slipped And Simeone Is Settled

Brendan Rodgers’ stock has fallen slightly after an underwhelming campaign at Leicester City last term.

In some ways the Northern Irishman is a victim of his own success: he exceeded expectations with back-to-back fifth-place finishes and an FA Cup triumph in his first two full seasons at the King Power Stadium.

His Liverpool connections are another barrier, and odds of 16/1 on betting apps accurately reflect his status as an outsider.

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UK bookmakers price both Diego Simeone and a return for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at 20/1.

The Argentine is settled at Atletico Madrid and has little incentive to depart given they have made him the world’s best-paid manager.

Solskjaer showed he was a good choice as interim boss in 2018/19 and as such was given the job permanently, but a second spell at Old Trafford is hugely unlikely.