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The Mancunian Candidates: who is most likely to replace Solskjaer at the end of the season?

It's finally happened, Mourinho is gone. Out with the jaded sneering baddie and in with the baby faced assassin. 

No one was as pleased as Paul Pogba who has been accused by Gary Neville of 'dancing on the grave' of Mourinho after handing out high fives in the dressing room.

But few can argue that this is not a good thing, even if the appointment of the Norwegian is just a temporary solution. A big name is expected in the summer after three managers have failed to lift Man Utd out of the rut they have been in since Sir Alex Ferguson left.

Here we list the possible candidates for the permanent role:

Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino is currently the bookies' front runner for the job. The Argentinian has been understandably tight lipped about the speculation, choosing ambuiguity over any form of clarification - something he has done since links to Real Madrid and Man Utd started over the summer:

“In football, no one can guarantee you are going to be here tomorrow,” Pochettino said. “In football, I say today is white, tomorrow is black, you know? 

It's now half a year later and he has still failed to give a straight answer on the matter. He has also started to show frustration at the lack of funds at his disposal at Spurs.

What has he won as a manager?

Nothing yet.

Zinedine Zidane

Zidane is still without a job since picking up his third Champions League trophy in 2 and a half years at the helm of Real Madrid. Unlike with Pochettino, Man Utd will not need to pay any club compensation for hiring Zidane as manager. The Frenchman would certainly add some class to a club whose brand of football has been tarnished by two turgid spells under Van Gaal and Moyes followed by a toxic spell under Mourinho. 

What has he won as a manager?

Real Madrid:

La Liga: 1

UEFA Champions League: 3

Massimiliano Allegri

Allegri has won it all in Italy and could be looking for a new challenge this summer. The Juventus manager was linked to the Chelsea job before Sarri got it.

As a manager the Italian has won the Seria A once with Milan and four times with Juventus. He also took the Old Lady to the final of the Champions League on two occasions. Man Utd would certainly appreciate it if he could replicate the Ferguson style dominance he has enjoyed with Juve in Italy.

Serie A: 5

Coppa Italia: 4

Laurent Blanc

The ex manager player was originally favourite for the caretaker manager gig. As a manager he was in charge of Bordeaux for three years, followed by a two year stint with France and three years with PSG.

His management career has not been as as successful as some of the other candidates but he still managed to pick up four Ligue 1 titles in his time in France.

Ligue 1: 4

Coupe de France: 2

Coupe de la Ligue: 4

Blanc

Blanc during his time with PSG. He has not worked as a manager since he was sacked in 2016.

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