News broke today that the most successful manager in English football will be retiring at the end of the season after a 26-year tenure.

Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as Manchester United manager in the summer and will take a place on the board after announcing his retirement this morning.

Reports originally came out last night that Ferguson was thinking about his future and the club refused to take calls or make an official statement last night, but it came out this morning that the reports were true.

Sir Alex has been very successful during his time at Old Trafford, guiding the Red Devils to 49 trophies, while his last game in charge will be his 1,500th game in charge of the club.

So, who could take over from Ferguson? Whoever it is has a massive job on his hands. No doubt there will be many people wanting the job, but whoever does take it on, will be under a lot of pressure.

Manchester United will announce the new manager within the next 48 hours, so let's look at the five potential candidates to take over from the Scot.

Below you can read the five who could be on his way to Old Trafford.

5. Carlo Ancelotti | Chance of happening: Highly unlikely

The Italian manager is set to leave French side Paris Saint Germain in the summer and will be in search for a new club, so could Old Trafford be his next club? I highly doubt it, but you never know in football.

Ancelotti enjoyed a successful stint during his Chelsea spell before being chopped by owner Roman Abramovich, and is now on his way to winning the Ligue 1 title with PSG.

Chances of taking over at United are slim - I give it a 20% chance of happening..

4. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | Chance of happening: Unlikely

The ex-Manchester United player has revealed his dream is to return to Old Trafford as the manager one day and could this be the perfect time for him to go there?

The Norwegian is currently manager of Molde in the Norwegian league, but surely an offer to return to Old Trafford would be impossible to turn down for the club legend?

Solskjaer made over 200 appearances for United and scored that vital Champions League final goal in 1999 against Bayern Munich.

Club legend and a real favourite in the United ranks - 40% chance of going there.

3. Jürgen Klopp | Chance of happening: Possible

The Borussia Dortmund manager is a real character and has done wonders for the German side.

He guided them to the Bundesliga title last season and has got them in the Champions League final this season where they will meet rivals Bayern Munich.

A great character and a real-great personality.

A more likely appointment than Ancelotti or Solskjaer, but not considered the favourite. 60% chance of it happening.

2. Jose Mourinho | Chance of happening: Outside favourite

The only person with the arrogance to walk into Old Trafford and not feel the pressure would be this man. The self-proclaimed Special One would be considered one of the favourites to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.

It is highly likely that he will leave Real Madrid in the summer but it was likely that Chelsea would be Mourinho's destination, but with the news that the manager's seat at Old Trafford will be empty come the end of the season, maybe it will change Mourinho's mind.

A great record under Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, he is one of the favourites to make his way to Manchester. An 80% chance of happening.

1. David Moyes | Chance of happening: Dead cert

He is already being tipped the replacement for Ferguson and is favourite to take over at Old Trafford.

One of the highest-rated managers in the Premier League after what he has done for Everton on a minimal budget and Manchester could be his next destination.

Already considered the strong favourite for the job, especially after he announced he wasn't sure on whether he would stay on at Everton and now this could be the time he leaves in order for a bigger club.

Highly-talented and a great manager destined for the top - Moyes will almost certainly be appointment as Ferguson's successor.

Those are my five predictions, what are yours? Is there anyone else I have forgotten?

 

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