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Zidane, Conte, Rodgers wait in the wings to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United

Manchester United has lost 2 of their last 3 games and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must improve if not Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte are ready to take up the job at Old Trafford.

Zidane or Conte to replace Solskjaer at United
Zidane or Conte to replace Solskjaer at United

Manchester United's season is facing an early turbulent time despite being just a few weeks in. The impressive job done by the Board during the transfer window saw Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo arrive at Old Trafford for a combined £123m. With such investment, all eyes now turn on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to finally deliver United's first trophy in over 4 years. Quality of players or investment can no longer be an excuse, the job now rests solely on the coach. 

A convincing 5-1 win on Matchday 1 followed by a 3-0 defeat of Newcastle United gave the promise of a new dawn at United. But a 2-1 loss to Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League, a slim and unconvincing 2-1 win over West Ham United during the weekend (that needed a stoppage-time winner and a missed penalty by Mark Noble), and now a 1-0 loss to West Ham United in the Carabao Cup, means that the doubts are beginning to creep up at Manchester United. 2 losses in the past 3 games is worryingly and if the improvement is not made in the next matches, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might lose his job as Manchester United coach. Who are the likely coaches that can replace Solskjaer at Old Trafford? 

Zinedine Zidane

Frenchman Zinedine Zidane is out of a job since resigning from Real Madrid during the summer. The former midfielder cum coach has been very successful in the dugout, winning 3 UEFA Champions League titles already and 2 Spanish La Liga. His credentials and mode of operation would perfectly fit a club of Manchester United's stature. Also, on the books of United now are two of his former players; Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane. Both players formed a backbone of the Zidane team that won 3 UEFA Champions League titles back-to-back and they will know what it takes to win with Zidane. Coupled with Pogba, whom Zidane has always wanted to work with, the coach would have the core of his team as soon as he gets in the doors.

Antonio Conte

A man whose reputation precedes him and just last season Champion of Italy, Antonio Conte would be an absolute steal for Manchester United. He would also be the perfect replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer too as the Italian coach is known for solidifying his teams before implementing fast, exciting football. Antonio Conte holds the advantage of knowing the English Premier League well, having coached Chelsea earlier. He also knows how to win in England, winning the league in his first season with Chelsea and subsequently winning the FA Cup. Antonio Conte is a serial winner, winning at every club and he is just the man United need it they are to win trophies.

Brendan Rodgers

Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers is a home-based option for Manchester United in replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Rodgers has marshalled Leicester City to consistent Top 5 finishes in the League amidst a limited budget. He would also feel he has unfinished business in the Big 4, having been let go by Liverpool earlier. He broke his trophy duck by winning the FA Cup last season and the Community Shield this season. He won't be the first option but he is certainly an option for Manchester United if they were to part ways with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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