Man Utd manager odds: Conte favourite, Rodgers and Zidane also in the frame to replace Solskjaer

Without a league win in four games and sitting in seventh position in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tenure at Manchester United is under scrutiny.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tenure at Manchester United is under threat following a humiliating defeat to the hands of Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Mo Salah bagged a hat-trick and in the process reached 10 goals for the season, leaving Jurgen Klopp's Reds in second position, one point behind leaders Chelsea.

While Liverpool are unbeaten in their opening 10 games, Man United meanwhile sit in seventh place and are winless in four Premier League games.

Solskjaer has said he is refusing to give up on a project he is so close to completing but maybe the board will be thinking otherwise if United taste another defeat.

The fans are already waving the white flag on Ole, so Planet Sport takes a look at the leading contenders for the post, should he get the boot.

Antonio Conte

Fabio Paratici tight-lipped over being reunited with Antonio Conte at Tottenham

There have been rumours that Antonio Conte is interested in becoming the next manager of Man United.

Without a league title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, fans want instant success and there aren't many who deliver it as quickly as Conte. At Chelsea, he won the Premier League in his first season followed by the FA Cup in 2016.

Conte's most recent club was Inter Milan. The former coach of the Italian national team won the fourth Serie A title of his career with Inter before leaving in May. With Conte currently out of work, it would be an easy appointment.

However, Conte is a bit of a firebrand manager, and is known for clashing with the big cheeses at the clubs he manages. Do the Manchester United chiefs want that kind of aggro?

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane holding the UEFA Champions League trophy

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

During his reign at Los Blancos - in two spells - Zidane won three Champions Leagues and two La Liga titles. Zidane has been linked with multiple jobs, including Newcastle UnitedParis 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, but with former Madrid players Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane at the club, it may become more tempting.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers Liverpool boss Oct15

After the success he has brought to Leicester City, Brendan Rodgers is one of the favourites to replace Solskjaer. But he's amongst the favourites for every job isn't he.

Since 2019, Rodgers has made the Foxes one of the best teams in the Premier League and reignited the conversation about what teams are actually form the so-called 'top six'.

Last season he guided Leicester to their first-ever FA Cup when they beat Chelsea 1-0. Rodgers has also had successful spells at the majority of clubs he has managed, including Celtic and Liverpool.

However, because of his links with arch-rivals Liverpool, his chances of becoming the next Manchester United manager could be cast into doubt. Although those rules don't always apply, just ask Rafa Benitez.

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino head coach of PSGgives instructions during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint Germain and Lyon at Parc des Princes.

A man who is always linked with the Man United role is Mauricio Pochettino, Following the dismissal of Jose Mourinho, Pochettino was the initial favourite to replace him in the dugout.

Instead, Pochettino remained at Tottenham and was eventually sacked in 2020 with Mourinho taking over. At present, Pochettino is the manager of the PSG super team and has the joy of managing Lionel MessiNeymar and Kylian Mbappe on a daily basis.

There are few rumours to suggest that Pochettino could be heading to Manchester but the hierarchy of the Red Devils like the Argentine so anything is possible.

Erik Ten Hag

Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag Apr21

During his time as Ajax boss, Erik Ten Hag has won two Eredivisie titles and guided them to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.

He has been impressive during his time with the Dutch champions but is an outside choice for United. There are more logical choices for the job than Ten Hag, especially with pressure growing for them to win a trophy.

However, he does have a certain 'who?' quality about him. Is Old Trafford too big a step for him at this moment?

Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

CR7 returned in the summer as a player but could he become the next manager of Man United? Ronaldo admitted he wants to become a coach and said it was part of the reason for returning to Old Trafford.

While it is highly unlikely he would become the next permanent boss, there is a chance he could be caretaker manager while they look for a replacement. He is at odds of around 16/1 to replace Solskjaer.

Julian Nagelsmann

Trainer Julian Nagelsmann FCB, team manager, headcoach, coach, celebrates 2-0 goal, of Robert LEWANDOWSKI.

In the summer, Julian Nagelsmann took over Bayern Munich and they sit top of Bundesliga although it hardly means anything in the German league. A Bundesliga title is an expected minimum at Bayern while a Champions League is a bonus.

They have made a superb start in Europe's top-tier competition, winning all three games with 12 goals scored and none conceded. It is highly unlikely that Nagelsmann would leave Bayern at this stage of his first season there.

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate England disappointment World Cup semi-final 2018

It couldn't happen, could it?

Southgate has made the English public fall in love with the national team once again.

In 2018 he took England to the World Cup semi-final and then at the delayed European Championship in 2021, they made it to their first major tournament final since 1966.

Southgate has held the position since 2016 which some would consider a long time, especially in the modern era when managers can last less than a year.

If soccer does come home in 2022 then Southgate may step away from his position but that might be too late as far as Manchester United are concerned.

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