During the glory days of Manchester United’s dominance of both the domestic and European game, there were many managers that challenged Sir Alex Ferguson and United’s position at the top.
Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan, Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez are some of the managers that took on Ferguson over his 26 years as manager of United.
But perhaps no manager is more synonymous as Sir Alex’s greatest rival than Arsene Wenger. Due to this fact, it came as a surprise this morning when it emerged that the Frenchman apparently said taking over at Old Trafford would be 'a dream'.
The quotes came from beIN Sports, but they've since denied them, claiming that's not what was actually said, but it did raise the question, who would be the man to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if he were to be sacked.
If United do decide to sack Solskjaer, who was earlier this week given public assurances by Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that this wasn’t the case, Wenger wouldn't be the only name in the race.
GIVEMEBET takes a look at the chances of Wenger and two other managers who are on the list of options for United.
Mauricio Pochettino - 2/1
When Solskjaer was appointed to United as the temporary manager, the one resounding candidate to replace him come May time was Mauricio Pochettino. But Solskjaer's run of form, which included a 1-0 win over Spurs in January, that culminated with United’s famous away win at PSG, secured the Norwegian's permanent appointment.
Pochettino would go on to lead Spurs to the Champions League final, but just a few months later, things are dramatically different. Solskjaer looks like the wheels have fallen off the bus, and Spurs are sitting on the same amount of points with United, and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Colchester.
Pochettino finds himself in a similar boat as Solskjaer, under a tremendous amount of pressure, so it seems like a change of environment could be good for him.
He is apparently well liked within the board room at Old Trafford, and has shown that with limited resources he can compete at the top of the Premier League. Could it now by Poch's time?
Mauricio Pochettino is 2/1 with GIVEMEBET to be the next Manchester United manager
Michael Carrick - 8/1
Former United great, who was part of the glory years of the Sir Alex Ferguson era, loved by the fans, and respected by his peers, takes over at Manchester United. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.
Michael Carrick is currently part of the coaching staff at Manchester United, and he is currently leading a lot of the sessions in training. It has been rumoured that a lot of players have been impressed by Carrick’s tactical nous, and his approach to coaching.
But, if Solskjaer is sacked, it is unlikely that the United board would want to appoint someone who has even less management experience. Given the fact that Carrick is a popular figure around the club, and that he has already worked under two managers there, he may stick around as a member of the coaching staff. But it is highly unlikely at this stage, he would get the number 1 job.
Michael Carrick is 8/1 with GIVEMEBET to be the next Manchester United manager
Arsene Wenger - 16/1
As unbelievable as it seems, it might not be that unbelievable.
Wenger has one of the best managerial records in Premier League history. A multi-time Premier League winner, he also has the record for the most amount of FA Cups won as a manager. Add to that the fact he has a history of developing youth at Arsenal, and with United’s current crop of Greenwood, Gomes, Chong, Rashford and Tuanzebe, Wenger would have plenty of talent to work with.
Perhaps Wenger could play the same role that Sir Alex Ferguson played with the class of ’92.
One thing that many Arsenal fans criticised Wenger for was his inability to spend money, but he wouldn’t have that problem with United. However, perhaps the one thing that counts against Wenger is his age. If United choose to sack Solskjaer, they would be looking for there fifth permanent manager in six years. They have long sought out the kind of longevity that was key to the success of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Wenger is 69 years old, and you can’t imagine him doing more than three years in the job, which would make a long-term strategy almost impossible. But stranger things have happened in football.
Arsene Wenger is 16/1 with GIVEMEBET to be the next Manchester United manager
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