Manchester United have shortlisted two candidates to replace Solskjaer, claims journalist

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Manchester United have reportedly identified Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino as the two possible names who could replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as per the report from Duncan Castles. 

After a disappointing start to the season, the Red Devils boss is under a lot of pressure. Few names have already been linked with a move to the Old Trafford stadium and Zidane Zidane, Eric Ten Hag, Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Ralf Rangnick are among them. 

Speaking on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast Duncan Castles claimed that Manchester United have shortlisted Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino as the possible candidates to replace Solskjaer should the club hierarchy decide to relieve the Norwegian boss of his duties. 

The journalist further stated that the Red Devils are looking for a manager who can carry on the club’s ‘cultural reboot’ that has started since Solskjaer’s arrival. And Manchester United believe that one of the aforementioned two managers could be a perfect candidate for that. 

The Leicester manager reportedly has a release clause in his current contract that if a Champions League club wants to sign the Northern Irishman then he might be allowed to leave. On the other hand, the PSG boss is reportedly not happy at the French capital and wants to return to the Premier League. Castles said:

“Mauricio Pochettino, who may become available because he did not want to be at Paris Saint-Germain this summer, he was ready to go back to Tottenham. Paris Saint-Germain is obviously a very fragile situation for any coach.

“Another name very prominent is Brendan Rodgers, who has a profile in terms of the kind of football he plays and development of youth that would appeal and fit with that cultural reboot idea and is interested in moving from Leicester at some point in the not too distant future to one of the top clubs in England.” 

Will Manchester United sack Solskjaer before the next week’s encounter against Watford? 

Since the agonizing defeat against Manchester City, it has passed seven days and the United board haven’t made any decision yet on the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. So, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the 48-year-old manager. The Old Trafford faithful have already expressed their frustration about the recent performances and few pundits have also criticised the Norwegian heavily. 

Meanwhile, despite displaying awful performances in the last few games in all competitions, Manchester United players – who haven’t got the call up for the international duties – and coaches are currently enjoying holidays in the middle of the season during the international break. 

Following a bad run of results over the past few weeks, the Red Devils have dropped down to sixth in the Premier League, five points behind the fourth-placed Liverpool. So, the situation is getting complicated for the Old Trafford faithful and any slip-ups from now on could make the Champions League qualification in jeopardy for next season. 

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