It’s game over for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United after the Norwegian was sacked as the club’s manager. The Old Trafford hierarchy are set to begin their search for a new permanent manager and all the top bookmakers in the UK are offering odds on the next Manchester UTD manager. Wanna know who are we backing? Read our Next Man UTD manager predictions here..
Top bookmakers to bet on Next Man UTD manager
Why Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as Manchester United manager after nearly three years in charge as manager. Solskjaer guided United to successive top three finishes in the Premier League. Furthermore, the Red Devils reached four semi-finals and a Europa League final in Solskjaer's two full seasons in charge.
Anyway, this season has been a disaster so far and left the club with no choice. They currently are seventh in the domestic table, while they sit second in their Champions League group and two points ahead of third-placed Atalanta with two games to play in the round.
Their humiliating defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road (4-1) confirmed imminent change was needed. That loss was United's fifth in their last seven matches in the league, leaving them 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea. shipped 13 goals to Aston Villa, Everton, LeicesterCity, Liverpool and Manchester City in that time - four of those fixtures played at home.
The club had no succession plan in place for Solskjaer, who signed a new three-year contract few months ago, and had given no consideration to sacking him prior to the 5-0 bloody defeat at the hands of Liverpool last month.
Michael Carrick will take interim charge for the forthcoming games but the club intend to appoint a new manager for the rest of the season before settling on a permanent replacement next summer. Coaches Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna are also set to remain in place in order to assist Carrick as he attempts to steer the club through a difficult patch.
Who are the favourites to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?
Former Tottenham manager and current Paris Saint Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is the new favourite for the vacant Manchester United managerial role. The French club is understood to be demanding £10million in compensation for the head coach, who could make a return to Premier League before his contract in the French capital expires in 2023. Manchester United paid Ole Gunnar Solskjaer £7.75million in compensation, so the cost of the managerial change would be just shy of £18m
The second candidate is Michael Carrick, who has taken over as caretaker manager whilst the board conducts a search for a new manager on either a permanent or interim basis. Anyway, the role could be a chance for the 40-year-old to impress, similar to predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who took over in an interim capacity before being offered the job on a full-time basis.
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is joint-second favourite with Carrick for the position. The ex-Liverpool manager guided Celtic to consecutive domestic trebles and was on course to repeat the feat for a third season before taking over at Leicester City. He helped Leicester win the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history last season but the Foxes have been inconsisten so far this season.
Football legend Zinedine Zidane is the fourth favourite on the list, with the Frenchman currently out of a job after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season. Although he tasted plenty of success, he is yet to take the reins away from the Bernabeu, which could give Man United pause for thought.
Rounding out the top five of the bookmaker’s favourites is Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag. The Dutch champions are playing some of the best football anywhere in the world and United's board could be tempted to replicate the style at Old Trafford.
Many bookmakers are also offering odds on Cristiano Ronaldo (10/1) to be appointed as new manager of Manchester United. No jokes. Should CR7 take the job, he would become the first player/manager since Gianluca Vialli, who retired from playing in 1999 when he was the manager of Chelsea.
Other options are current England boss Gareth Southgate, former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher who is currently operating as The Red Devils’ technical director, German managers Julian Nagelsmann, Joachim Low and Ralf Rangnick, Frenchmen Rudi Garcia and Laurent Blanc, and Spanish managers Ernesto Valverde and Luis Enrique.
Next Manchester United Manager Predictions
It's not a mistery that there isn't a big feeling between Mauricio Pochettino and Paris Saint Germain. Sources close to "Poch" have told that the Argentine manager is ‘desperate’ to become United’s new manager. That would open Zinedine Zidane the doors to be appointed as new PSG manager. In our opinion, this is the most likely scenario.
Our dark horse is Ernesto Valverde. The former Real Madrid manager would only be considered as ‘interim’ option - in case Manchester United won’t be able to appoint a permanent manager right now like Pochettino or Rodgers. Hence, Valverde is worth a try.
Next Manager Sacked betting is an incredibly popular market throughout the season with more and more bookies offering it to fans.
With a number of bookmakers it may be phrased differently with the market labelled as ‘Next Manager to Leave Post’ meaning it doesn’t necessarily just apply to sackings but also resignations and retirements.
So while you might want to bet on Next Permanent Manchester United Manager, you would also find odds for Rafa Benitez or Brendan Rodgers to be the next manager sacked for example.