In great difficulty after the humiliation received Sunday at home against Liverpool (0-5), Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is more than ever on an ejection seat. If he has confirmed his intention to fight with his group, several names emerge to take his succession on the bench.
A nightmare evening at Old Trafford. This is what the Mancunians experienced on Sunday against Liverpool. In this shock of the shocks of English football, the 0-5 inflicted by the Reds on the Red Devils was all a bad dream. However, in the aftermath of this historic slap, the pressure has still not fallen, especially on a man: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Already criticized after his defeat against Leicester (4-2) last week, where he admitted « having probably made some bad decisions », the Norwegian is again in the spotlight after the humiliation experienced by United. The gaze lost in the vague, while his players were in the midst of sinking, spoke volumes. Combative in a press conference after the meeting (« I have advanced too much, we have come too far together, as a group, to give up now »), the English press was however quick to put a little more pressure on the 48-year-old manager, questioning the list of potential successors.
Antonio Conte back in the Premier League?
The first glances turn to free men available on the market. Antonio Conte is one of them. Without a club since his departure from Inter last June, the Italian would welcome his arrival in the north of England. Especially since the 52-year-old technician already knows the Premier League, after his two seasons spent on the Chelsea bench between 2016 and 2018, club with which he won the championship (2017) and an FA Cup (2018) .
Sacred champion of Italy last season with the interiste club, his rating as a potential successor would be high. Recently, there were rumors of a refusal on his part to take the reins of Newcastle – after the takeover by the Saudi Arabian Sovereign Fund. To better say yes to the Red Devils?
Zinédine Zidane also courted
He too is one of the names that keep coming back in recent hours. Zinédine Zidane serves as a credible candidate to settle soon on the bench of United. Free since the end of his adventure with Real Madrid at the end of May, the legend of the Blues would set foot for the first time in England.
A great leap that some find it difficult to imagine, especially since the endless question of the succession of Didier Deschamps at the end of the World Cup in Qatar should quickly return to the mat.
Ryan Giggs back … or Solskjaer kept until the end of the season?
Another solution is mentioned, namely the replacement of a former member of the house … by another former who has, moreover, already had the queens of the club in his hands. Wales coach since 2018, Ryan Giggs continues to forge his coaching career, after acting as United in 2014 and being Louis van Gaal’s assistant.
The one we sensed a few years ago as successor to the Dutch manager at the head of the Red Devils would return to the fold. But this appointment seems unlikely, considering Giggs’ inexperience where the Mancunian club would look more for a name seasoned in European games and having already won titles. Especially Ryan Giggs is dragging his troubles with the law like a ball. Accused of domestic violence, he did not play the Euro with the Welsh selection.
Finally, there is another possibility: keeping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the bench until the end of the current financial year. An option that seems to validate another legend, Gary Neville, now a consultant for Sky Sports: « The reason why I see him stay until next summer is the liabilities with José Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal. They are not going to bring someone back in a hurry, especially since he has been working with this group for two years. He needs a trophy at the end of the season. At any other club. , he would be in trouble. But because of what happened with Mourinho and Van Gaal, they are not going to do it now. » The bets are open.