Manchester United has finally sacked their Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho. The club tweeted on Tuesday morning that Mourinho "has left the Club" and that they "would like to thank him for his work during his time" at the club.
Even before his dismissal, the world of football had been speculating on who would replace Mourinho. Famous and not-so famous names have been bundled about on social media and on football sites.
Of course, a club as big as United would not lack suitors. What may prove to be a barrier is that the club is effectively struggling right now.
The pressure of expectation is a different one altogether and the mew manager would have to meet it. YEN.com.gh however drafts a few names that United powers will be looking at.
1. Zinedine Zidane
Topping the list is French football legend, Zinedine Zidane. The connection is easy because Zidane has proven to be a consistent winner at Real Madrid and Manchester United love big names.
It is not surprising that he tops the list with a lot of bookies.
2. Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur's Pochettino only recently signed an extension to his contract at the London club. But he is a favourite with a lot of Man United fans because of his exploits with Spurs.
It remains to be seen if United are willing to buy him out of contract and if Pochettino himself would like the United challenge.
3. Diego Simeone
It is strange to take out the name of Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone from the list of those who may replace Mourinho at Man United.
It will be equally surprising if United actually choose Simeone. His style is not much different from United's.
4. Ryan Giggs
Man United legend Ryan Giggs has now ascended to the seat of national coach of Wales. He is also the only man in this list who has actually had a managerial job at United before.
Ryan Giggs would love the challenge but as to whether United can take the chance on inexperienced hands is another thing.
5. Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte won the English league title with Chelsea in his first season. By the end of the second season, he was gone.
He would like a top job to prove something to Chelsea and the rest of the world. The big jobs inspire the big managers.
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