Manchester Utd Manager Contenders

The Old Trafford club started way back in 1878, playing under the name of Newton Heath. After going through a series of changes, they finally settled on Manchester United in 1902 and have been known by that ever since. In their history, they’ve managed to win a total of 49 trophies, with 20 league titles being the most important. 

Their most recent league title was won in 2013, but the next season they finished 7th under manager David Moyes. It is this manager that has brought them into the limelight for netting a huge number of contenders who would like to take on the task of turning Manchester United back into Premier League champions.

The fate of the club currently lies with the work of Louis van Gaal, who took over as manager after being sacked from Bayern. So far he has managed to bring in a number of big names into the team, such as Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, and Luke Shaw all arriving at the club for hefty fees. He also managed to secure the services of Colombian World Cup star Radamel Falcao on loan for this season after he failed to make an impression at Chelsea.

However, some are saying that Manchester United needs to do more if they want to challenge for more titles, which is why there has been a mass exodus of players from the club along with a few high-profile transfers into the club. The likes of Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa have been sold, while Johnny Evans and Nemanja Vidic have both left the club on free transfers to join West Bromwich Albion and Inter Milan respectively.

Many think that it’s time for a manager change, which is where the contenders come in. Manchester United is also currently under pressure when it comes to bringing in new players for this season. The only transfer activity they’ve had so far is with the three players mentioned above, but they were all transferred out. There’s still time for more activity in terms of transfer activity to take place, which is why many managers are still contenders for the job at Manchester United.


The Contenders

A host of managerial names are already in the mix, but there could be a surprise name on the horizon. The next Manchester United manager will be decided by Ed Woodward and one of his top appointments this summer will have to be given time to put their own imprint on the squad after missing out on Champions League qualification. Here, talkSPORT looks at the 11 men in contention.

Mauricio Pochettino (5/2)

Numerous stories have linked the former Southampton and Spurs manager with the job now held by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He is currently working in France with PSG but could be back in England later this year.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (6/1)

The former United striker won the Norwegian title with Molde before joining Cardiff in 2014, where he took them to Premier League promotion via the play-offs but was sacked after only 10 months in charge of the south Wales outfit. He replaced Louis van Gaal as permanent manager at Old Trafford in March last year but was dismissed eight months later.


Carlo Ancelotti (7/1)

Ancelotti won the Premier League and FA Cup double with Chelsea in 2010, but his only other domestic league title success during a 28-year coaching career was achieved with Manchester United’s big rivals, Manchester City this season. The Italian is currently unemployed after leaving Bayern Munich at the end of last season.


Laurent Blanc (10/1)

The Frenchman has been out of work since resigning as Paris Saint-Germain manager three years ago after winning the Ligue 1 title in each of his three seasons at the helm. Would have been a leading contender to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson had he not lost the 2013 Champions League final against Barcelona.


Diego Simeone (10/1)

Atletico Madrid manager, who was in charge of Atletico when they beat Real Madrid to win the 2014 Spanish title before progressing all the way to that year’s Champions League final in his side’s own stadium. He has since won the Europa League, European Super Cup, and Spanish Super Cup three times each.


David Moyes (11/1)

The Scot was sacked by Real Sociedad after just one season in charge, winning eight of his 28 games for the club he had coached for 11 years before moving to Old Trafford. He said recently that he would be interested in a return to United as manager.


Brendan Rodgers (11/1)

Another man who had an unsuccessful spell with the Old Trafford club after being sacked by Liverpool three years ago. The Northern Irishman has managed one more season since then, leading Celtic to an undefeated domestic treble in his first campaign before finishing runners-up this time around.


Jurgen Klopp (12/1)

The current Liverpool manager is contracted until 2022 and has won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund, but missed out on the Champions League final in 2013 because of a defeat by Bayern Munich at Wembley. His former club were European Cup finalists three times during his time there.


Thomas Tuchel (12/1)

Former Borussia Dortmund manager who led his team to a second-place finish in the Bundesliga this season, but only three points behind champions Bayern Munich after losing one of their 18 league games all campaign away from home. The 43-year-old is currently unemployed.


Ryan Giggs (14/1)

The Welshman has not yet announced whether he will retire as a player this summer but said recently that if he decides to carry on playing, it will definitely not be for Cardiff City. The former winger took temporary charge of United last season following the sacking of David Moyes and is working as a coach at the club’s academy.

Massimiliano Allegri (20/1)

The Italian has won five consecutive Serie A titles with Juventus and says he is not interested in taking over from Antonio Conte as Italy coach after the Azzurri failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals. Like Ancelotti, he has never won the Champions League.

Diego Costa (20/1)

The Atletico Madrid striker was Mourinho’s preferred choice to reinforce United in January but the club decided not to go after the Spain international because of his poor relationship with Chelsea at that moment. He is contracted until 2021 but scored only four league goals in his second season at the club, which saw them finish third behind Barca and Real.

Paulo Fonseca (20/1)

Currently managing Shakhtar Donetsk, the 43-year-old Brazilian has coached nine different clubs – including Porto last season – since beginning his coaching career with Vitoria de Gu imaraes in 2009. Seria A side Roma is reportedly interested in him.

Ryan Sessegnon (20/1)

The 17-year-old Fulham left-back is the only English teenager to ever score 15 goals or more in a Championship season, having played for his current club since he was 12 years old. Sessegnon has played for the England U19 side, scoring one goal in 10 appearances between 2016 and 2018.