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Manchester United Eye Short Term Alternative Manager On Sir Alex Ferguson's Advice

Ryan Sidle

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Manchester United Eye Short Term Alternative Manager On Sir Alex Ferguson's Advice

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Manchester United could look for a short term appointment as manager, and legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested someone to do the job.

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United are still in transition after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, following a 4-1 loss to Watford in his final game in charge.

His replacement, Ralf Rangnick, managed to get a 0-0 draw against the same side last weekend, a huge improvement, but is expected to make way for a new man in the summer.

Whilst Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag have both been touted as potential saviours of the team that can barely go a week without another disaster, they are far from guaranteed to arrive this summer.

There is still a chance that United's choice to take over could be unavailable, in case whoever it is isn't ready to leave their current job yet.

ESPN are reporting that Carlo Ancelotti could be that short term manager, with Sir Alex Ferguson recommending his 'close' friend to the club.

Ferguson is said to have a 'close' relationship with Ancelotti. Image: PA Images
Ferguson is said to have a 'close' relationship with Ancelotti. Image: PA Images

Appointing another short term boss, after the last few hires have ended up being that due to their own failures, and the failures of the club, is hardly the ideal situation.

However, it could end up becoming their best option if the managers on their current shortlist aren't available in the summer, for whatever reason.

Fergie, who picked David Moyes as his predecessor and by proxy should perhaps have nothing to do with picking the next boss, has had his advice sought by United CEO Richard Arnold, since he took over from Ed Woodward.

The 13 time Premier League winner is thought to be a big fan of bringing Pochettino in for the long term plan but the Argentine might have his eyes on Ancelotti's current job, even if there's been reports to the contrary.

Real Madrid may decide to move the Italian on in the summer and could pair Poch with current PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, who they're expected to sign.

Pochettino and Ten Hag have both been linked with the United job. Image: PA Images
Pochettino and Ten Hag have both been linked with the United job. Image: PA Images

Ten Hag is reticent on the job, and has questions over the structure at United, partially due to Ajax's structure being so good and also because he's seen what's been going on at Old Trafford for the past nine years!

Luis Enrique is another potential signing for the Red Devils but the Spain boss would likely want to stay on till after the World Cup in Qatar, again bringing Ancelotti to the fore.

Of course if that were the case, the club could just give the job to Rangnick for a bit longer, after a three goal swing against Watford in just a few months, think what he could do with another six...

Topics: Premier League, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, Mauricio Pochettino, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Carlo Ancelotti

Ryan Sidle
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