THE MANCHESTER UNITED JOB IS ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE AND DIFFICULT IN FOOTBALL AND WITH OLE GUNNER SOLSKJAER BROUGHT IN AS CARETAKER MANAGER UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON, WE LOOK TO WHO COULD BE NEXT IN LEADING THE RED DEVILS.
Zizou is almost the anti-Mourinho. A brilliant player and almost universally liked, Zidane has been regularly linked with the Old Trafford job even before there was a vacancy. Three Champions League successes makes his a glittering CV, winning the competition more times in three seasons than Mourinho has in his entire career. But Zidane is still a coaching neophyte, and Real Madrid’s performance in La Liga during his tenure was somewhat lacking. It’s also unclear if Zidane has any ambition to manage in the Premier League, or anywhere else. Two-and-a-half years in the Santiago Bernabeu spotlight may have been enough for a lifetime.
The man who succeeded Mourinho at Chelsea duly left Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2018 and ticks a lot of boxes — his experience in the Premier League and Champions League and the more engaging style of play of his teams are likely to be high on the list of criteria for a permanent appointment.
But Conte left Chelsea under a cloud after his relationship with his superiors deteriorated in Mourinho-like fashion. United could be forgiven for wanting a Coach who might be a bit easier to get along with. Appointing Conte would be from the frying pan into the fire.
Some left-field suggestions were made in the immediate aftermath of Mourinho’s departure. Eddie Howe isn’t an outlandish name given how he built Bournemouth from lower League strugglers to Premier League regulars, and former Monaco Coach Leandro Jardim would be an intriguing appointment too. Could Massimiliano Allegri be tempted from Juventus in the summer? Would Didier Deschamps fancy another crack at club football? But Arsene Wenger? David Beckham? Mark Hughes? There’s more likelihood of Mourinho and Paul Pogba holidaying together this summer than any of those three getting the job.