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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacking ‘will’ happen as Manchester United ‘appreciate’ Erik ten Hag – Manchester Evening News

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It’s been an interesting few days at Old Trafford since the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City, with many supporters calling for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked. A report has indicated that his dismissal is a question of ‘when’, not ‘if’.

There’s also been reports regarding who could take up role at United, should Solskjaer be sacked. Erik ten Hag, Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino have been sounded out as potential replacements and all have admirers at the club.

It wouldn’t be a Mediawatch without some juicy transfer news and there are reports from Spain that Manchester United have ‘set their sights’ once again on Sevilla defender, Jules Kounde.

Solskjaer sacking question of ‘when’, not ‘if’

There’s been plenty of reports around the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, which have been conflicting. Some have indicated he’s set to remain in charge, whilst other reports see no way back for United’s manager.

Neil Custis of The Sun has claimed that Solskjaer’s reign at Manchester United is hanging by a thread and the question now is when not if he will be sacked by the club.

The mood at Old Trafford has turned to one of resignation among players and staff that he is on his way.

According to the report, the Glazers tried to bring the feel-good factor back to United with the signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, they’re now well aware that the mood is shifting back to hatred.

Rating: It really does feel like Solskjaer is on borrowed time and I can’t believe he’s still in a job. As much as I want him to succeed and will back him whilst he’s still in a job, the writing is on the wall. We all know how it ends.

Manchester United’appreciate’Erik ten Hag alongside Rodgers and Pochettino

With the Solskjaer talk has come reports about who the next man could be in the dugout at Old Trafford. There have been multiple articles suggesting that the Norwegian is only in a job because there’s no viable options currently available. But who are Manchester United after?

BBC Sport report that the most obvious managers who fit the ‘long-term’ template United are looking for are Erik ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers.

Further to this, transfer journalist, Fabrizio Romano, said on his YouTube channel that Manchester United’s hierarchy ‘appreciate’ Ten Hag, alongside Rodgers and Pochettino, but all three are in jobs at the moment.

Ten Hag is a fans favourite to take over at Old Trafford (Photo by Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images) Rating: I think we can all comfortably say that these three are on the managerial shortlist for who United want in the long term. The outlets are relatively credible and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these individuals was the next United manager. I want Ten Hag!

United ‘set their sights’ on Jules Kounde

We needed to get some transfer news in here, didn’t we? I know there’s been so much manager talk, so this might be quite refreshing for some of you!

Two Spanish outlets have reported that United look set to go in for Jules Kounde.

AS report that United’s defensive problems could make them move for him and there’s now ‘fear’ at the La Liga side that the Premier League side could aim for the 22-year-old.

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It’s believed that Manchester United have the resources to trigger Kounde’s €80m release clause and it’s just a matter of convincing the player to come.

ABC de Sevilla also claims United have ‘set their sights’ on Kounde, and Raphael Varane’s injury could accelerate a move for him.

Rating: I’d definitely keep an eye on this one because it’s coming from a national and local outlet in Spain. Kounde was also an option for United before Varane, but it would be surprising if the club made a move in January.

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