Man Utd fans wanting Rangnick out will not be happy with the man tipped to be in charge for 2022/23

No shortage of high-profile candidates to take over at Old Trafford including Zidane and Pochettino but it is the interim manager who is still fancied to be in the dugout when next season kicks off.

Manchester United suffered their first home defeat to Wolves since 1980 on Monday night, with Joao Moutinho’s 82nd-minute strike settling the Premier League fixture.

Despite it being the first loss under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, the manner of the reverse is what most infuriated fans, with United outplayed at Old Trafford by a Wolves side who started the day down in ninth.

It followed a number of unconvincing displays from United, who have not benefited from a new manager bounce following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer goodbye nov21

The frustrations of the support are exacerbated by a look at what has happened at Tottenham since the appointment of Antonio Conte. Believed to have been the number one target had United dispensed with Solskjaer earlier in the campaign, Conte has transformed Spurs. The north London club are undefeated in eight and sit just two points off fourth with two games in hand. They are also just two games from the first major final of the season.

However, the one chink of light for United is that Rangnick is only in the role on a temporary basis.

And having rushed into turning Solskjaer from an interim to a permanent manager, you’d like to think the club hierarchy wouldn’t make the same mistake again.

So, here are the current contenders to be leading United into the first game of the 2022/23 campaign.

Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United manager

Or maybe they would.

Rangnick remains favourite to still be in charge of United heading into the first game of next season and when you consider he's going to have a major say in the new manager, it's not hard to see why.

He's the man in possession and, as club consultant, if he wants to carry on, he can just advise the United board he's the best man for the job.

A major overhaul is expected to start in this window with a number of stars heading out of the door and it could be that Rangnick wants to see the job through.

Quite why he'd want to endure the constant flak is anyone's guess, but it will be some feather in your cap to be the man to turn United around.

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricion Pochettino training ground PSG Nov21

Forever linked with the United role, the Argentine was favourite to take over when Jose Mourinho was given the heave-ho at Old Trafford.

Instead, Pochettino remained at Tottenham and was eventually sacked in 2020, with, ironically, Mourinho replacing him.

At present, the 49-year-old is managing the PSG Globetrotters and has the pleasure of managing Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on a daily basis.

However, he is reported to be unhappy with his lack of influence at Parc des Princes, with his role reduced to that of a mere coach.

A switch to Manchester United would allow him to have more of a say in recruitment but he would still be working under Rangnick. Whether he can be persuaded that relationship will work will be the key to luring him away from Paris.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers Leicester Oct21

Since been appointed in 2019, Rodgers has established the Foxes as one of the best teams in the Premier League and reignited the conversation about which clubs actually form the so-called 'top six'.

Last season he guided Leicester to their first-ever FA Cup following a 1-0 win over Chelsea at Wembley. He also won the Community Shield with a win over Manchester City at the start of the current campaign.

Results have been distinctly mixed since with Leicester languishing in tenth but a recent 1-0 win over Liverpool served notice of what Rodgers can achieve with limited resources. Imagine what he could do with the financial backing and pulling power of United.

A reputation as something of a nearly man may worry the Old Trafford hierarchy - he got close to the title with Liverpool and failed, he got close to the Champions League with Leicester and failed.

But considering where United find themselves at the moment, nearly winning the title would be seen as a major step up.

Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag, Ajax manager, United link

During his spell as Ajax boss, Erik ten Hag won two Eredivisie titles and guided them to the Champions League semi-final in 2019.

The 51-year-old might not be a glamour signing but his style of play would certainly be appreciated by the Old Trafford faithful.

"We want to have possession and hurt the opponent," Ten Hag has said of style which has been likened to Johan Cruyff's 'Total Football'. "It's about possession, about movement, about vertical attacking patterns, about pressing, wingers moving into the middle to make room for the full-backs.

"Everyone is attacking, everyone is defending."

The move would certainly be welcomed by Donny van de Beek who was a Ballon d'Or nominee under Ten Hag's tutorship at Ajax. But maybe not Cristiano Ronaldo having seen his defending against Wolves.

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid May21

Zinedine Zidane has been heavily linked with the Man United job since leaving Real Madrid.

During his reign at Los Blancos - across two separate spells - Zidane won three Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles. The Frenchman has been linked with multiple jobs, including Newcastle United, Paris Saint-Germain and France.

Zizou would be a Hollywood appointment for Man United but they have already tried that route and failed with big names such as Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

Zidane has never played or managed in England and his love for his Madrid base would seem to preclude the appointment.

But with former Madrid players Ronaldo and Raphael Varane at the club, it may be a tempter.

Didier Deschamps

European Championship, France - Germany, preliminary round, Group F, 1st matchday in the EM-Arena Munich. Coach Didier Deschamps

There has been a surge of interest in Deschamps despite him being contracted to take charge of France in Qatar at the end of the year.

A World Cup winner in 2018, Deschamps has been out of club soccer since 2012 when he left Marseille following a disappointing tenth-placed finish in Ligue 1.

He had previously delivered them the French title, ending a 17-year wait for a trophy and was a Champions League runner-up with Monaco in 2004.

Seemingly around for years, he is still only 53 and is used to moulding a superstar squad into a harmonious one.

But you get the sense that he wants one more crack at a major championship with France before returning to domestic chores.

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