Following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November 2021, former Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick was appointed manager of Manchester United. The 63-year old signed a deal to take charge of the club till the end of the season. However, at some point, there were speculations that he would still be in charge of the club even after the end of the season. But in recent times, the German tactician has been heavily criticized, as Manchester United’s last three games in all competitions have ended in 1-1 draws, with the club surrendering a 1-0 half-time lead in all three games. So it’s quite likely a new manager will take charge at Old Trafford by the 2022/23 season.
Three Former Manchester United Who Could Return to Old Trafford as Managers
Will Manchester United Fall Back on Their Ex-players as Rangnick’s Replacement?
Names like Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag, Brendan Rodgers, Diego Simeone, Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Enrique and Gareth Southgate have been drafted as possible options to succeed Rangnick when he finally leaves. Even before Rangnick was signed, some of these names were already considered as good candidates for the job. But what if the club decide to fall back on an ex-player like they did with Solskjaer, who could they possibly turn to?
Many Manchester United ex-players have taken up coaching jobs after retirement. Names like Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Mark Hughes and Darren Ferguson are notable examples. However, considering ex-players who can succeed Rangnick, these three seem the most eligible for the job.
Laurent Blanc has coached the likes of Bordeaux, PSG and the French national team. He recently left his role as manager of Al-Rayyan. For Steve Bruce, he has coached Premier League clubs like Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Newcastle United. Then there is Michael Carrick who, though the youngest and most inexperienced of the three, performed quite well in his few games in charge before Rangnick took over. Either of these three could be a great choice for the job.
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