Man United are now on the hunt for a new permanent manager. Though will they find who they want right now…?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone. The positive work he’s done will directly impact any new manager.
Hiring someone on a permanent basis at this point in the season may prove tough – unless the club are looking at Zinedine Zidane.
For now, Michael Carrick has been given the job for the immediate future, though the club could look at bringing someone in until the end of the season – before finding a permanent hire next summer.
With that in mind, we’ve been racking our brains to find the three most likely candidates to take the job in the short term. We do stress that if United can find someone who they like, who is also willing to take the job permanently, that’d be the preferred option for everyone. Right now mind, that does feel unlikely.
Anyway, let’s get right into it.
The obvious choice. Carrick probably has one or two games to make a positive impression on the board, the players and fans. If he does well and ticks all three of those boxes, keeping him in charge until the summer could be somewhat logical.
My issue here is that United would be repeating old mistakes. Solskjaer’s situation was almost a carbon copy of this one. I’d like to think that the decision-makers will remember how that played out last time.
The wise decision. Rangnick is a tactical wizard. The German is currently working for Lokomotiv Moscow as Head of Sports and Development – so whether he’d actually want to delve back into management remains to be seen.
Aged 63, Rangnick has been about the block. He’s managed top-class players before so dealing with egos should be no problem. For me, this hire would be the most likely of the three options to turn into a permanent job. I’d fully expect Rangnick to work wonders with this current United squad.
The wildcard. Blanc obviously played for United in the early 2000s so he knows the club pretty well.
Right now, the Frenchman is over in Qatar, so it depends if he’d be happy to leave what is undoubtedly a mega paycheque to make the move to the Theatre of Dreams.
Blanc has big-club experience as a manager, winning trophies galore with PSG. He also managed to win Ligue 1 with Bordeaux back in 2008-09. For me, he’d be someone who can steady the ship and leave gracefully in six months’ time. I wouldn’t expect anything longer term than that.
All of whom may well get the job on a permanent basis if they do well, because it’s hard to resist that temptation. Exactly the same thing happened with Solskjaer after his initial flurry of results – but let’s wait and see what happens first…
Personally, I’d go with Rangnick in the short-term, giving United at least six months to find a more permanent coach who can join in the summer.
Who would you hire on an interim basis? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.