WHO'S NEXT?

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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.

Zine­dine Zi­dane

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.

An­to­nio Conte

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.

Out­siders…

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.

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