Manchester United are a club in turmoil at the minute with speculation continuing to build suggesting Jose Mourinho will not be the manager at Old Trafford for much longer.
It has been a torrid summer for United with their Portuguese coach at odds with both his clubs board and some of his star players, while fans of the 20 time League Champions continue to grow disillusioned with the turgid style of football their side are serving up.
With this in mind, we decided to take a look at who the Bookmakers rate as the five favourites to replace Mourinho in the Old Trafford hot-seat.
Ryan Giggs 14/1
Manchester United’s most decorated player has never hidden from the fact that he would like to take on the top job at Old Trafford some day and his appointment would be massively popular with the clubs fan base.
Giggs did manage United briefly during a four-game caretaker stint in 2014 after the dismissal of David Moyes. However, Giggs has only just begun his first managerial role with the Welsh national team and it is most likely like he will have to build up a decent level of experience elsewhere before he is considered for the biggest job in English club football.
Massimiliano Allegri 14/1
Allegri has proven himself to be a shrewd tactician since taking over as Juventus boss in 2014, winning four successive Serie A titles and reaching the Champions League final twice.
The 51-year-old was heavily linked with both the Chelsea and Arsenal jobs recently, but he decided to stay in Turin, and after Juve splashed the cash on the superstar that it Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this summer he looks likely to remain with the Old Lady for the considerable future.
Mauricio Pochettino 6/1
If Manchester United do decide to make their next managerial appointment a long-term one that will focus on improving the clubs young players and bringing a high intensity attacking brand of football back to Old Trafford, then Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is the ideal candidate.
Argentine coach Pochettino is one of Europe’s most highly-rated young coaches having guided Spurs to three consecutive Champions League qualifications. The 46-year-old would be many United fans first choice, although extracting him from the five-year contract he signed in North London last May will prove far from easy.
Antonio Conte 5/1
This really would add insult to injury for Mourinho if United CEO Ed Woodward decides to replace him with his former sparring partner from last season Antonio Conte.
The former Juventus coach has an excellent record of winning league titles as he proved during his time Chelsea. Conte is currently out of work having departed Stamford Bridge earlier this summer, however, he is renowned for his pragmatic brand of football and his habit of falling out with the boards of the clubs he works with over transfers, which all sounds very like Mourinho himself.
Zinedine Zidane 2/1
As outrageous as this sounds there are many in Spain who still question whether former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is actually a good coach or if his role at the Bernabeu was simply that of a facilitator of big egos. Which of course sounds bonkers when you consider that Zizou won nine major trophies in less than three full seasons as Los Blancos boss – including a record three successive Champions Leagues.
The former France international is currently out of work and reports even emerged earlier today suggesting he has told his friends that he is interested in taking over at Old Trafford and expects to be offered the job.
Zidane is a genuine legend of the game and is one of the few coaches who could walk into Manchester United and demand immediate success from each and every player through reputation alone.
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