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Manchester United Have Added Cristiano Ronaldo's Former Teammate To Managerial Shortlist

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Manchester United Have Added Cristiano Ronaldo's Former Teammate To Managerial Shortlist

Cristiano Ronaldo's former teammate is one of the surprises names on Manchester United's managerial shortlist, reports say.

United are on hunt to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after relieving the Norwegian of his duties following the embarrassing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Watford on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino, Zinedine Zidane, Erik ten Hag, Brendan Rodgers and have all been linked with the vacancy.

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But interestingly, The Telegraph say United have identified Sporting CP boss Ruben Amorim as a potential contender.

The 36-year-old only started his coaching career in 2018 after completing his coaching licence with the Lisbon FA and took his first steps with Casa Pia AC in the Portuguese third tier.

He then became manager of Braga reserves and then the first-team just three months later, before taking the reins at Sporting CP and guiding the club to their first league title in 19 years.

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In his successful playing career, Amorim turned out for Belenenses, Benfica and Braga and played 14 times for the Portugal national team, where he was a long-time colleague of Ronaldo's.

While he isn't blessed with a wealth of experience in the game in terms of coaching, Amorim is seen as a talented and exciting coach - much like Julian Nagelsmann - now managing Bayern Munich at just 34 after impressing while in charge of Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.

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Amorim's name has popped up alongside Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui, who agent Jorge Mendes is said to be pushing for.

Amorim has won 73.6% of his 72 matches in charge of Sporting and only conceded 50 goals in the process.

Sporting lost just one league game last season and the Lisbon outfit are unbeaten so far this term, having accrued 29 points from their eleven outings.

He signed a new deal in March, with a €30 million release clause.

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Despite sacking Solskjaer, United have kept on the same coaching staff and appointed Michael Carrick as caretaker boss for the batch of games.

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Topics: Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sporting CP, Portugal

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