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What are Manchester United’s managerial options?

Ahead of a huge day for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjær as they go away to Wembley to play Tottenham, with a win putting them level on points with Arsenal. But even then, the managerial rumour windmill turns.

Huge names have been flying around overnight and we’ll do our best to give you an idea of who’s the front runner…

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJÆR

The man currently in the hot-seat. Almost one month in charge and he has picked up maximum points, although not against entirely threatening sides: Cardiff (A), Huddersfield (H), Bournemouth (H) and Newcastle (A), with progression to the FA Cup fourth round beating Reading at Old Trafford.

“He has a hairdryer in him” – Ole Gunnar Solskjær isn’t as friendly as he looks, Jesse Lingard revealed to Sky Sports.

Today is crucial for Solsjkær. A big team away. The lack of a goalscoring threat seems to have gone, 14 goals in the last 6 games, but Tottenham will offer a lot more than those other teams going forward and it will be interesting to see how Solskjær sets up going forward.

How Likely Is It?

He has to be the front runner. Safe, minimal cost and already more than comfortable at the club. It’s just whether The Woodwards think that he can lead them to titles. Furthermore, this is his first big job since Cardiff in 2014, where he failed to avoid relegation and started poorly the following season in the Championship, resulting in his departure.

I think it’s only a matter of time before we can work out if Ole Gunnar Solskjær is the right man for United, starting today at Wembley…

GARETH SOUTHGATE

The man that almost lead England to eternal glory, with a memorable run to the semi-finals. However, with a relatively easy route to the final four, many may feel his achievements are being over hyped.

Southgate has only had one other spell in club management: at Middlesborough in 2006. He spent three years in northeast England, my favourite moment being the 8-1 destruction of current Premier League Champions Manchester City. Similar to Solskjær at Cardiff, the following season he was relegated and subsequently sacked following a poor start to the Championship.

Nevertheless, that’s clearly been wiped off following his England heroics and it would be interesting to see him manage club football once again.

How Likely Is It?

It must be tempting to see your name linked with a huge club like Manchester United and with Southgate often suggesting he’d like to return to club football to manage at some point, it’s not out of the realms of possibility.

The only sticking point would be his successes with the National Team. After the performance in the summer, Gareth Southgate has been given the freedom of England. He’s also been promised that he can continue his project, bringing up youth talents and getting them ready for Euro 2020 and the World Cup in 2022, so for me, I think it’s very unlikely we’ll see Gareth on the Old Trafford touchline just yet, but who knows what the future holds for him.

DIEGO SIMEONE

Simeone has arrived into his eighth year of managing Atlético Madrid second in La Liga, two points behind leaders Barcelona. What the Argentinian has managed is incredible. Finishing fifth and winning the Europa League in his first season is a dream start for any manager but Diego Simeone had bigger plans…

Fast-forward three years and Atléti were Champions of Spain and runners up in the Champions League. Diego Costa led the line, scoring 36 goals in all competitions. The epitome of a ‘Simeone-player’.

How Likely Is It?

Although it seems surprising to see Simeone linked with United in January, the former Lazio midfielder has been rumoured to depart the Wanda Metropolitano in the past couple of seasons and United could be his preferred destination.

If Solskjær is to see the season out, Simeone could be very much a viable option for them. With his personal preferences a well-kept secret, many of us are kept in the dark over Diego Simeone’s future.

ZINEDINE ZIDANE

Winning things. Check. Managing astronomical egos. Check. Doing it in a stylish way. Check. Zinedine Zidane has won almost everything.

Four Champions League trophies must be the pick of the bunch but let’s not ignore the fact that at one point, Zidane had more trophies than losses (7). A feat that seems to go under the radar more often than not. But with a stat like that, only one phrase comes to mind: Serial Winner.

How Likely Is It?

To me, not very. Zidane has made suggestions that his next step should be the French job and with Deschamps perhaps thinking he’s gone as far as possible, winning the World Cup, he could step down and allow Zidane to take the reigns.

I want to see Zidane in the Premier League and if United have an opportunity to get him they’ll surely snatch at the chance, but it just doesn’t seem likely at this point in time. For the future maybe?

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