Man Utd chief Ed Woodward ‘enchanted’ by two potential Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replacements

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Manchester United chief Ed Woodward is reportedly ‘enchanted’ by two potential Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replacements. However, both will be difficult to appoint. And that perhaps explains why Solskjaer will still be in the dugout for Saturday’s showdown with Watford at Vicarage Road.

Woodward recently backed Solskjaer in public, insisting he and the manager were still together in their desire to see United improve.

“While these financial results today demonstrate our resilience through the pandemic, our top priority is success on the pitch,” he said.

“The manager, players and everyone at the club are determined to achieve that objective.”

But while Woodward has long supported Solskjaer, United’s worsening form has prompted alarm at Old Trafford.

Some reports have suggested the Red Devils are looking at possible replacements for the 48-year-old, who has been in charge since December 2018.

And The Independent say Woodward is ‘enchanted’ by the possible appointments of Zinedine Zidane or Diego Simeone.

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However, neither look likely at the current moment in time.

Zidane would bring a winning mentality to the club, having claimed every major trophy during his time at Real Madrid.

Yet his preference appears to be the France job, despite there being no indication Didier Deschamps will leave his post.

Simeone, meanwhile, is currently focused on helping Atletico Madrid retain their La Liga title.

And there’s a sense his presence would be to take over at Inter Milan in the future when his time with the Spanish titans come to an end.

The report says Brendan Rodgers isn’t a serious candidate, despite the constant links to the Leicester boss.


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And, for now, Solskjaer will stay in charge of United.

The Norwegian has held crisis talks with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof as he looks to get his side fully firing.

But Watford on Saturday won’t be easy.

The Hornets have picked up some momentum under the appointment of Claudio Ranieri, who replaced Xisco Munoz at the start of October.

And if United fall to another defeat, it’s possible the Glazers will pull the trigger on Solskjaer’s era.

Rodgers, Simeone and Zidane aren’t the only names in the frame to potentially take over at Old Trafford.

Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag are both admired despite their current commitments to Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax respectively.

And United also rate Luis Enrique, though it’s hard to see him leaving his position with the Spain national team before the World Cup in Qatar next year.

Meanwhile, Darren Bent has given his verdict on the future of Solskjaer.

And he feels Zidane would be the right successor having previously succeeded at Real Madrid with the likes of Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I think he commands respect,” Bent told talkSPORT.

“But as you said, he’s been there with Ronaldo when they were winning the Champions Leagues.

“He knows Pogba, he knows Varane as well, so he’s not going in there blind. He understands what is needed.

“He also understands the situation that this Manchester United team are not the Real Madrid team he had, so it might be a little bit more difficult.

“Listen, I still think he would be a better fit than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”

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