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A defeat to Manchester City has seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer come under renewed pressure at Manchester United. There are thought to be five leading contenders to replace the Norwegian, with Antonio Conte now out of the running, though not all of them would be keen to take the job at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer has overseen a run of just one Premier League win in six games, with the Red Devils now nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea.
Despite the wins over Villarreal and Atalanta in the Champions League, Solskjaer’s job is still under threat.
Though they are sixth in the English top-flight and so far behind Chelsea, it would still be an attractive vacancy.
United missed the chance to appoint Conte, with the Italian instead taking charge of Tottenham last week.
That leaves five favourites to come in and here Daily Express Sport looks at what they think of becoming United boss…
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Erik ten Hag
Erik ten Hag has become one of the brightest managerial talents in Europe since taking over at Ajax in 2017.
He has won two league and cup doubles, as well as guiding the Dutch giants into the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2019.
His work in Amsterdam has seen him become one of the leading contenders for the United job, but The Independent report that Ten Hag is unwilling to leave Ajax before the end of his contract.
Ten Hag signed a new deal in the summer, which will not expire until 2023, with the Dutchman’s loyalty to the Eredivise side also problematic when Spurs attempted to appoint him ahead of this season.
Ralf Rangnick, the man who is considered the mentor for a range of top managers, including Jurgen Klopp, is the most likely contender to be appointed on an interim basis.
The German is a vastly experienced boss, taking Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig from the lower reaches of the pyramid into the Bundesliga.
He is currently the managing director of Lokomotiv Moskow, but according to BILD, would be interested in replacing Solskjaer.
It is thought that Rangnick would only want the job on an interim basis, before moving into a director of football role come the end of the season.
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While he is not regarded as a tactical genius like Pep Guardiola, Zinedine Zidane’s record at Real Madrid puts him high up United’s shortlist.
The Frenchman won the La Liga title twice and guided Los Blancos to three Champions Leagues in his four seasons in charge.
But though United may want to appoint him, Spanish news outlet AS have reported that Zidane is not interested in the Red Devils role.
Instead, they claim that he wants to replace France national team boss Didier Deschamps, though he may have to wait for some time.
Understood to be the current favourite to take over at United is Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.
The former Liverpool manager led the Foxes to the FA Cup last season, though has struggled this campaign, and Rodgers is not entertaining thoughts of departing.
Brendan Rodgers is thought to be the current favourite to take over (Image: Getty Images)
“My focus is always here with Leicester and developing the football club on to that next level, where you’re competing for European football and challenging for honours,” he said in October.
But LeicesterLive report that the Northern Irishman is keen to test his talents in Spain as he looks to reach 1,000 games, while Manchester City are thought to see him as the successor to Guardiola.
Mauricio Pochettino has had a tough time of it since taking over at Paris Saint-Germain, being pipped to last season’s Ligue 1 title by Lille.
But the Argentine is still seen as one of the best managers in Europe, which has seen him linked to the United boss.
If United wanted to appoint Pochettino though, The Independent report that they have to avoid bringing in Rangnick.
They state that Pochettino would refuse to work under the German if he was brought in as a director of football.