3 Names Likely to Succeed Sacked Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

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Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho after Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool left the club 11 points adrift of the Premier League top four.

Mourinho, 55, departs Old Trafford after two-and-a-half years as United sits sixth in the table, 19 points off the top, with only one win in the league since Nov. 3.

He was informed of the decision at the club’s Carrington training ground on Tuesday, with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward delivering the news in person around 9:30 am

With the “Special One” gone, these are the 3 candidates likely to replace him, but the net may be cast wider!

Mauricio Pochettino

He will be top of the list. His Tottenham side play attractive football, and he has spent very little in comparison to his Premier League rivals.

Pochettino has a reputation for extracting the maximum out of the squad he has and has been credited with developing several young English players at the core of Gareth Southgate’s vibrant, exciting national side. He’s also known to have a human touch with players and staff.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Pochettino simply sent his “best wishes” to Mourinho. Asked about being a “perfect fit” for United, he replied: “A lot of rumours that happen in my position at Tottenham – I cannot answer that type of question. I am focused on doing the best I can here.”

Zinedine Zidane

Three Champions League titles in three years managing one of the biggest clubs in the world at Real Madrid. How’s that for a managerial CV?

Zidane has been linked with United since he walked out of the Bernabeu in May – and there’s a train of thought he’d be able to get the best out of fellow Frenchmen Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial.

But there remains questions over his technical coaching ability and development of young players, having inherited a team of global superstars in Madrid.

He’d also be expensive in terms of wages – but given United have just spent upwards of £18m to sack Mourinho, is any fee for any manager much of an issue in order to get it right?

But if Zidane was the club’s top choice, why would they need to wait until the end of the season?

Diego Simeone

United have spoken to the Atletico Madrid boss before during previous managerial searches.

But is he the right man to follow Mourinho, given his similarly combustible reputation and functional, effective style of football?

Simeone is tactically well organised, has punched above his weight in La Liga, and is great at creating a siege mentality like legendary United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, and even Mourinho at their best.

 

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