Six potential replacements for Louis van Gaal at Manchester United

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Plenty of Manchester United fans were using the #VanGaalOut hashtag following their team’s dismal 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

It seems an increasing number of supporters are losing faith in Van Gaal and wouldn’t be at all upset if the Dutch coach was replaced at Old Trafford.

It’s not difficult to sympathise with the United fans, who have been forced to watch some dreadfully uninspiring performances over the past 18 months. But who would be the leading candidates to replace Van Gaal?


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We’ve compiled a list of six potential replacements and rated their chances - out of ten - of landing the job in the near future.

Don’t forget to leave your comments in the box below after scrolling through the list of potential candidates to become the new Manchester United manager. We want to hear your thoughts.

Ryan Giggs

Chances of replacing Louis van Gaal: 8/10

Ryan Giggs was in charge of four Manchester United matches towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign, after David Moyes was sacked, but failed to land the job on a full-time basis.

If United are looking for another interim manager, then Giggs will be their man. And after gaining some valuable experience working as Van Gaal’s assistant, he would surely be a leading contender to replace the veteran Dutch coach permanently.

Pep Guardiola

Chances of replacing Louis van Gaal: 7/10

Pep Guardiola will not leave Bayern Munich until the end of the season, but after that there’s a decent chance Manchester United could secure the former Barcelona manager’s services.

The 44-year-old reportedly said back in 2011 that he could see himself managing at Old Trafford one day - per the Telegraph - and there’s no doubt United would love to help the Catalan coach fulfil that dream.

Gary Neville

Chances of replacing Louis van Gaal: 2/10

Gary Neville is the best football pundit on television and is impressing as part of the England coaching setup, but is unlikely to be offered the Manchester United job.

Even if he was, Neville would almost certainly admit he’s not ready for one of the biggest roles in world football. One day in the distant future, perhaps, but this won’t happen in 2016.

Carlo Ancelotti

Chances of replacing Louis van Gaal: 5/10

Carlo Ancelotti is still out of work following his dismissal from Real Madrid in the summer and is keen to see out his year-long sabbatical before returning to management.

The Italian is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the world and a tremendous man-manager, but United may target a younger coach with fresh ideas after Van Gaal.

Diego Simeone

Chances of replacing Louis van Gaal: 2/10

Diego Simeone has worked wonders with Atletico Madrid over recent seasons; however, don’t expect him to become the new manager of Manchester United.

He is contracted to Atleti until 2020 after signing a new five-year deal earlier this year while his lack of English would be a big problem.

Jose Mourinho

Chances of replacing Louis van Gaal: 4/10

It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Jose Mourinho will have left Chelsea by next summer - and the Portuguese coach would surely be interested in becoming United’s new boss.

However, wherever Mourinho goes controversy is sure to follow. It would be a risky appointment for the Red Devils - despite his glittering CV - and the Glazer family may opt for a safer option.

Manchester United fans: who should replace Louis van Gaal? Should the Dutch coach be allowed to see out his three-year contract? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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