Ed Woodward has drawn up a five-man shortlist for permanent Man Utd manager

Ed Woodward has five names on his shortlist for permanent Man Utd manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a superb start to life as Manchester United manager.

The Norwegian is largely responsible for the club's recent upturn in form.

Man United were struggling under Jose Mourinho but, Solskjaer has led the side to three consecutive wins since becoming interim boss.

However, despite his start, it appears likely that Solskjaer will only stay on as manager for the rest of the season.

There is a possibility Man United will sign him to a permanent basis, having agreed a fee of £7.2m with Molde if they wish to do so.

However, the likelihood of that happening is slim, and Ed Woodward will no doubt be conducting an extensive search for United's new manager.

The Sun have now revealed Woodward's five man shortlist and it features a shock name.

Mauricio Pochettino has long bern touted as their main target and the Sun confirm that signing the Argentine manager is their number one priority.

They go on to write that Woodward has been given encouragement that he is ready to trade London for Manchester.

However, they have also put together a list of names should Pochettino turn them down.

Mauricio Pochettino remains Man United's top target

That list comprises of Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and Marco Rose, while Solskjaer will remain under consideration.

The surprise name is, of course, Rose.

The Red Bull Salzburg manager has impressed at the club, leading them to the Austrian title in his first season.

They also made it to the semi-finals of the Europa League last season; where their run was eventually ended by Marseille.

And they've carried on that form into this season.

Marco Rose has impressed at RB Salzburg

They currently sit on top of the Austrian table having gone unbeaten.

Moreover, they are also into the last 32 of the Europa League again after winning all six group games.

At 42 years old, he has just over a year of experience as a manager.

The jump from Salzburg to Manchester United would also be a massive one, so it would be a big gamble indeed.

However, he has clearly been impressive in his start to his managerial career, and he could well be a gamble worth taking for United should Pochettino turn them down.

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