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Update: 26.11.21


Ralf Rangnick is to be appointed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor on an interim basis until the end of the season.

Ralf Rangnick is to be Manchester United’s next manager, the head of sports and development at Lokomotiv to take charge until the end of the season whereupon he will take on a consultancy role for two more years.

Rangnick made it clear that he would only be willing to accept the offer of a six month contract on the condition that it came with a consultancy role for a further two years. This will give the 63-year-old a major say in big football decisions.

Rangnick penned a three-year deal with Lokomotiv Moscow in July 2021 and he is wanting an amicable departure. Negotiations are continuing between the two clubs but United are confident that they will let him go.

Having managed Stuttgart, Hoffenheim and Schalke in the past, Rangnick hasn’t been in a management position since taking the reins in a caretaker capacity at RB Leipzig in 2018/19 while that club continued their negotiations with Julian Nagelsmann. He overhauled the youth systems at Leipzig and RB Salzburg while he was director of football at both clubs and he is credited as being a significant influence on some fellow German managers such as Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp.

Rangnick had talks with Chelsea last season with regard to becoming an interim manager at Stamford Bridge. He said to the media: “I said: ‘I would like to come and work with you, but I can’t do it for four months. I’m not an interim coach. To the media and players you would be the ‘four-month manager’, a lame duck, from day one. It would have to be something special.”



Update: 25.11.21


Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino remains one of Manchester United’s main targets as the club look for a suitable replacement for recently-sacked Ole Gunnar Solakjaer.

Pochettino still sits at the top of the betting market to be next Manchester United manager although his odds have drifted markedly following reports which state that he may need to wait up to six months before being appointed in the hot-seat. The Argentinian is United’s preferred candidate but the club is reportedly looking to appoint someone on an interim basis until the end of the 2021/22 season.

It is understood that United have already had an approach for the PSG boss knocked back and as such, it remains to be seen his quickly they can tempt him to up sticks and move to Old Trafford. If the French side dig their heels in and not allow Pochettino to leave until the close of the season, then United will look to appoint someone on an interim basis. Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui and Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde have apparently been spoken to.

The Red Devils are planning to speak to more potential candidates and clearly their preference will be to appoint an interim boss (if needed) who is not attached to any other club, thus avoiding all of the necessary complications which this would otherwise entail.

United are looking to get someone appointed – either on a permanent or an interim basis – by the middle of December, however the club readily accept that any new man will have a tough time attempting to make any significant changes ahead of a busy festive schedule.

At the time of writing, Pochettino is still favourite to be next permanent manager of Manchester United although his odds have drifted from 4/6 to 3/1, while Ernesto Valverde is a general 5/1 to be appointed either on a permanent or an interim basis until the end of the season. Brendan Rodgers and Ralf Rangnick complete the top four in the betting at 4/1 apiece.


Next Manchester United Manager Best Odds


3/1  –  Mauricio Pochettino

5/1  –  Ernesto Valverde

6/1  –  Brendan Rodgers

6/1  –  Ralf Rangnick



Update: 23.11.21

Mauricio Pochettino is odds-on favourite to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was sacked at the weekend following the 4-1 defeat against Watford.

The odds on Mauricio Pochettino taking the reins at Old Trafford have been slashed from around 20/1 to just 4/6 over the past 36 hours and the former Tottenham Hotspur boss is now at the top of the betting market to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was dismissed at the weekend.

Indeed this means that the Argentinian has moved above the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers who have drifted out to 12/1 and 8/1 respectively. Almost a third of all bets over the last 24 hours have been aimed towards Pochettino and money continues to pour in for the former Spurs man.

Elsewhere, current caretaker boss Michael Carrick is a general 8/1 punt to be given the gig on a permanent basis although it is interesting to note that most of the bookies would pay out were he to be in charge for ten matches.

Also around the top end of the market is Erik Ten Hag at odds of around 12/1 although some firms have him as low as 7/1. Zinedine Zidane is a general 12/1 shot although the former Real Madrid boss is as low as 6/1 in some quarters. Other notable contenders include Laurent Blanc, Ralf Rangnick and Steve Bruce at 20/1 apiece.


Next Manchester United Manager Best Odds


4/6  –  Mauricio Pochettino

8/1  –  Brendan Rodgers

8/1  –  Michael Carrick

12/1 –  Zinedine Zidane

12/1 –  Erik Ten Hag

20/1 –  Laurent Blanc

20/1 –  Ralf Rangnick

20/1 –  Steve Bruce



Update: 17.11.21


It’s almost certain that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is living on borrowed time at Old Trafford and the club are preparing a succession plan with regard to the managerial position.

Manchester United have got their succession plan for replacing current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer underway and their preferred candidate is Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers. Given that the Foxes boss has been firm favourite to succeed Solskjaer for some time now, this news will come as little surprise to most observers although at the time of writing it remains unclear as to when the board will decide that a change in the dugout will be needed.

Indeed reports suggest that the Norwegian could remain in the hot-seat until the end of the 2021/22 campaign due to the lack of a suitable and readily available replacement. 48-year-old Rodgers is contracted to remain at the King Power Stadium until June 2023 and as such, Man United would be required to pay compensation should they wish to release Rodgers from this contract. Not only that but they would also have to pay Solskjaer compensation given that they gave him a three-year contract in July this year.

The united board have apparently been impressed by Ajax boss Erik ten Hag and Spain national coach Luis Enrique but they feel that Rodgers is the man who best fits the bill. Rodgers moved to Leicester City from Celtic back in February 2019 and he steered them to their first FA Cup earlier this year. In each of the last two campaigns, the Foxes have finished in fifth position in the Premier League and missed out on a Champions League place on the closing day of each season.

As far as Man United are concerned, they have leaked eleven goals in their last three defeats and their home form has been poor with three of their four Premier League defeats coming at Old Trafford. Indeed under Solskjaer, the Red Devils have lost 21% of their home games and as such, it is hardly a surprise that many are backing him for the chop.


Next Manchester United Manager Best Odds


4/6  –  Brendan Rodgers

3/1  –  Zinedine Zidane

8/1  –  Mauricio Pochettino

12/1 –  Erik ten Hag

14/1 –  Ralf Rangnick



Update: 12.11.21


Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is now odds-on with the bookmakers to potentially succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now odds-on favourite to be the next managerial casualty in the Premier League and following recent defeats against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, it’s hard to see how he can remain in his current position for much longer. The bookies have been busy pricing up potential successors to the Norwegian and over the past couple of weeks the odds on Brendan Rodgers taking the reins have been shortened considerably.

Man United have suffered defeat in four of their last six games and the 2-0 loss to arch-rivals Man City was the last straw for many fans. Solskjaer is certainly at risk of being sacked, however the lack of any clear succession plan means that the club won’t be pulling the trigger just yet, despite the supporters continuing to push for change.

If Solskjaer is shown the door and replaced by Brendan Rodgers, then the former Liverpool, Watford, Swansea City, Reading and Celtic boss would arrive at the club a far better manager than the one which departed from Liverpool six years ago.

Rodgers himself admitted this following his move to the Hoops in 2017, the former Reds boss saying:

“Coming to Scotland means I’m a better manager now than when I left Liverpool.

“There are two reasons for that. The first is that my players have made me better and the second is the quality of the other coaches, who have all posed different problems for me.

“All the tactics and the styles are all different and I’m a better manager for having dealt with that and I’ll be better still a year from now.”

Since then, Rodgers has guided Leicester City to back-to-back top-five finishes in the Premier League and steered the club to FA Cup glory with an attractive style of football along the way.


Next Manchester United Manager Best Odds


4/6  –  Brendan Rodgers

8/1  –  Mauricio Pochettino

8/1  –  Zinedine Zidane

10/1 –  Ralf Rangnick



Update: 02.11.21

With Antonio Conte on his way to White Hart Lane to replace the recently-sacked Nuno Espirito Santo, Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is now favourite to be next Manchester United manager.

Only a few days ago, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was odds-on to be the next managerial casualty in the top-flight. The 5-0 thrashing at home to Liverpool was a result which was hard to bear for all associated with the club and many believed that the Norwegian boss would be gone within a couple of days. Nevertheless the board decided to hang on until the Tottenham Hotspur game and their faith was rewarded with an excellent and morale-boosting 3-0 win at White Hart Lane.

In fairness, not too much should really be read into this win given that Spurs seemed completely uninterested throughout and many players appeared to be there simply to make up the numbers. The Red Devils will be in for a far tougher test tonight when they face Atalanta in the Champions League and defeat here will once again pile the pressure on Solskjaer.

It’s hard to escape the conclusion that the Norwegian boss is living on borrowed time and in the event of him being sacked, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is being touted as his most likely replacement. Former favourite Antonio Conte is on his way to White Hart Lane as a replacement for recently-sacked Nuno Espirito Santo and as such, the odds on Rodgers taking charge have been slashed from a general 10/1 to as low as 2/1 over the past few days.

Rodgers has made it clear that he has no intention of leaving the King Power Stadium any time soon, however he may be lured by the temptation of a big club such as Manchester United and the challenge which such a position would provide.


Next Manchester United Manager Best Odds


2/1  –  Brendan Rodgers

10/1 –  Mauricio Pochettino

10/1 –  Erik ten Hag

12/1 –  Zinedine Zidane

14/1 –  Cristiano Ronaldo



Update: 27.10.21


Manchester United have reportedly made an initial approach to Antonio Conte and the Italian has expressed a willingness to take charge at Old Trafford in the event of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being shown the door.

With Manchester United having suffered a 5-0 demolition at the hands of arch-rivals Liverpool last time out, the pressure is increasing on under-fire manager Solskjaer and while the club bosses have backed the Norwegian thus far, recent performances will have forced them to re-assess their options.

The likelihood is that Solskjaer will remain in charge for the next three matches, these being against Tottenham Hotspur, Atalanta and Manchester City, however the fast-approaching  international break will give the club a chance to potentially replace their manager should an improvement in results not be forthcoming.

United have drawn up a shortlist of potential replacements and these include Erik ten Hag, Zinedine Zidane and Brendan Rodgers, however former Inter Milan and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is now their principal target and it has been reported that the club have been reaching out to the Italian.

The 52-year-old allegedly had a few reservations about taking charge at Old Trafford, however he has now made clear that he would be happy yo be appointed in the position should it become vacant. He believes that he can he can do well with United’s current crop of players and the bookies have slashed the odds on him taking the reins, most firms going 4/6 that he is appointed in the coming weeks.


Next Manchester United Manager Odds


4/6  –  Antonio Conte

8/1  –  Zinedine Zidane

8/1  –  Erik ten Hag

10/1 –  Brendan Rodgers



Update: 25.10.21


With the pressure mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, many names are being linked with the Manchester United managerial position and at the time of writing, former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is favourite to take charge in the event of the Norwegian being sacked.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s position as Manchester United manager will surely be under threat following a 5-0 demolition by Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Red Devils were completely outclassed on their own turf and Solskjaer cut a forlorn figure as his side were ripped to shreds by the in-form team in the Premier League. Even the most ardent Solskjaer supporters will now realise that the Norwegian’s future lies elsewhere and the bookies go 1/3 odds-on that he is the next managerial casualty in the top-flight.

In the event of Solskjaer being sacked, former Champions League winning boss Zinedine Zidane has become the firm favourite to succeed him, the odds on him taking the reins being slashed from 12/1 to just 5/2 following the weekend thrashing. Indeed Zidane has been the main target for punters on the ‘Next Manchester United Manager’ betting market since the final whistle yesterday.

Elsewhere, Antonio Conte isn’t too far behind Zidane at general odds of 3/1 while Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is being seen as a genuine contender at 4/1. Former favourite Mauricio Pochettino is now well down the betting at 10/1 while current forward Cristiano Ronaldo is priced at 16/1 to be appointed in the role.


Next Manchester United Manager Odds


5/2  –  Zinedine Zidane

3/1  –  Antonio Conte

4/1  –  Brendan Rodgers

10/1 –  Mauricio Pochettino

14/1 –  Erik ten Hag

16/1 –  Cristiano Ronaldo



Update: 20.10.21


Following a thoroughly dismal 4-2 defeat at the hands of Leicester City in their last Premier League outing, Manchester United have slipped down to sixth position in the table and Norwegian boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to feel the pressure.

Manchester United have collected just a single point from their last three Premier League games, a 1-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa in late September being followed by a 1-1 draw at home to Everton and a 4-2 defeat by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. On the back of this poor run, speculation has been mounting as to who will take charge in event that Solskjaer is sacked.

If the Norwegian finds himself out of the door, Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino are deemed the two contenders most likely to succeed him in the hot-seat at odds of 4/1 apiece. Interestingly these are also the two favourites to take charge at rivals Manchester City in the event that Pep Guardiola doesn’t renew his contract with the club when it comes to an end in 2023.

Also in the frame for the United job are Antonio Conte and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane at 5/1 apiece. Julian Nagelsmann is a 14/1 shot for the position should it become vacant while England boss Gareth Southgate comes in next at a general 16/1.

While there is no suggestion that Solskjaer is going to lose his job any time soon, current results are certainly doing him no favours and should things fail to improve in the coming weeks, the hierarchy will be forced to take action.


Next Manchester United Manager Odds


4/1  –  Mauricio Pochettino

4/1  –  Brendan Rodgers

5/1  –  Antonio Conte

5/1 –  Zinedine Zidane

14/1 –  Julian Nagelsmann

16/1 –  Gareth Southgate




Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a man under immense pressure, the Red Devils having been very much a mixed bag since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. 

The odds on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being the first Premier League managerial casualty of the season have been slashed from a general 40/1 to as low as 8/1 over the past couple of weeks, hardly surprising given that Manchester United lost three of their four competitive outings prior to the narrow victory over Villarreal in the Champions League last night. The Red Devils have been lacklustre to say the least and while the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo has given them some real bite, many are questioning the tactics of their Norwegian boss.

The likelihood of Solskjaer being sacked may appear pretty slim right now but he is now one of the favourites in the ‘Premier League Sack Race’ market, punters backing him in their droves to be sacked in the coming days or weeks. The win over Villarreal last night certainly helped his cause, however many are calling for his dismissal.

The big question is, in the event of Solskjaer being sacked, who will replace him in the Old Trafford hot-seat?

The favourite to take the reins is Mauricio Pochettino at general odds of 10/3. The former Spurs boss has been linked with a move to Manchester United for some time and he would certainly be a popular appointment amongst fans given his experience at the top level. Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also deemed a possibility for the Old Trafford dug-out at general odds of 4/1, ahead of Antonio Conte at 5/1 and Zinedine Zidane at 12/1. England boss Gareth Southgate is next in the market at 16/1 while Julian Nagelsmann is as high as 16/1 and as low as 6/1 with some bookies.


Next Manchester United Manager Odds


10/3 –  Mauricio Pochettino

4/1  –  Brendan Rodgers

5/1  –  Antonio Conte

12/1 –  Zinedine Zidane

16/1 –  Gareth Southgate

16/1 –  Julian Nagelsmann