Thursday, January 28, 2021

Ed Woodward’s ‘five-man shortlist for next Manchester United manager revealed’

Man Utd executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has drawn up a five-man shortlist for the club’s next permanent manager.

Manchester United may look back on track on the field but off-field there are issues that need to be solved. Director of Football is not selected. The new manager dilemma is also on the mind of Ed Woodward. It seems Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has five-man shortlist for next Manchester United manager.

Ed Woodward has drawn up a five-man shortlist for candidates to become Manchester United’s next permanent manager, according to reports. The Sun suggest Woodward still identifies Mauricio Pochettino as his first choice to become the next United manager. But other options are reportedly under consideration should the Argentine decline the role. French duo Zinedine Zidane and Laurent Blanc are also both reportedly on the latest list.

However, it’s understood to be viewed as fall back options should the Tottenham manager refuse any offer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has impressed during his short spell as caretaker manager at Old Trafford and it is believed he will be under consideration for the role if he continues the season with the same momentum which has seen him win his first three matches in charge.

However, the fifth name on the rumoured shortlist will come as a shock to some supporters, with Salzburg manager Marco Rose also understood to be under consideration for the role. It is reported the 42-year-old manager is an outside bet for the United first-team job. The report finishes by suggesting the club are fond of Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann, but he has already agreed to take over RB Leipzig next season.

Author’s Take:

It will be interesting to see who will be the next manager of Manchester United. The manager will surely be handed a war chest and an opportunity to win silverware. However, given the club’s old structure and no director of football, the likes of Zidane and Pochettino would feel alienated to join the Old Trafford side.




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