Next Manchester United Manager Odds
It looked almost certain that Erik Ten Hag wouldn't be the next manager to be sacked. However, after an abysmal performance against an injury-plagued, much changed Newcastle United which led to their elimination from the EFL Cup, Erik Ten Hag's future is in doubt!
However, it seems be the same process every single time for Manchester United and it looks unlikely that whoever takes on the role as the next Manchester United manager will have a different fate. Old Trafford hasn't been the same since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club and the likes of Jose Mourinho, David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal were tasked with leading Manchester United to success but the rise of their neighbours Manchester City has added even more pressure on the Red Devils.
Will Erik Ten Hag be sacked as Manchester United manager?
When looking at the facts behind the situation, as of Manchester United's 3-0 defeat by Newcastle, before they play Fulham in the Premier League, Erik Ten Hag has the highest win percentage of any Manchester United permanent manager in history. However, eight of his 20 losses in the role have come between August and October 2023. The question has to be asked of whether or not Ten Hag has the capability to turn things around at the club, last season was a fantastic campaign for the Red Devils based on where they are now but the concerning thing is the way they are playing. Man United have scored just 11 goals in 10 games, only two more than Luton Town and fifteen behind both Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
That is why Ten Hag faces the uphill battle that he does, a stark contrast to performances last season and a worst contrast in regards to results. Fans don't mind an average performance if it leads to a win but when they lead to five home losses in eight games in all competitions, then questions are certainly going to be asked.
Despite this, there is a chance that the Glazer Family and the board of directors at Manchester United keep the faith in Ten Hag over the coming season. It could be argued that the change that needs to be made is in the recruitment of players with big money signings Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Antony all performing below par this campaign. Just there that is 280 million euros worth of players and although Hojlund and Onana have shown signs of improvement, it won't be enough to keep Ten Hag in a job.
Ten Hag will likely be replaced in the coming year but the question remains - when will the Manchester United board of directors lose patience?
Who is the favourite to be the next Man United manager?
One reason that Ten Hag may find himself still in a job for the foreseeable future is because of the lack of talent available for Manchester United to approach. Julian Nagelsmann sits as the favourite in the odds but after just taking over the German National team in September 2023, it seems highly unlikely that Nagelsman will get the role. However, this all depends on the timing of Ten Hag's departure, if he is the next premier league manager to be sacked, then it won't be Nagelsman, if the departure comes after the European Championships, Nagelsman might be tempted to take the role on.
Could Zinedine Zidane be the next Man Utd manager?
The simple answer in our minds is no. Unless you're finding information that Zidane is being tutored in mastering English, Zidane is unlikely to be Man Utd's next manager, having already stated that some managers may manage a team without mastering the language but he is not one of those managers. Zidane has a good knowledge of the English language and has spoken it well on dozens of televised appearances, so the difference between 'his level' and 'mastery' aren't likely to be too far apart but it doesn't seem likely.
Another reason the former Real Madrid manager is unlikely to take on a job at Manchester United is because of the success he has had in his career so far. In 263 games in charge of Real Madrid he won 11 trophies, that is a trophy every 23.9 games and that includes three Champions League wins, Zidane is already regarded as a manager who could be one of the all-time greats. However, if Zidane goes to a new club and fails, then all of a sudden, that fantastic record is diluted.
Could Graham Potter be the next Man Utd manager?
Graham Potter gets his teams playing good football. However, it has to be said that Potter failed at Chelsea and it would look horrific for the Glazer's to hire a manager who in his last role failed to keep Chelsea in the European positions. Potter might sit high in the next Manchester United manager odds but realistically, we believe that Potter is best suited for the Next England Manager market as it is unlikely that Manchester United would sack Erik Ten Hag to take such as risk.
If Man United sack Ten Hag, who could take over?
If we take things from the Glazer's perspective - who could take over from Erik Ten Hag and do a better job? The defeats to Manchester City and Newcastle United were bad but generally at the Dutchman hasn't done a bad job at Old Trafford, they won the League Cup last season, made the final of the FA Cup and returned to the Champions League, with the team at their disposal, that is fairly impressive. The Glazers will look at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea as an example of what happens when teams consistently sack manager over a long period.
If United wanted to set-up a long term project, they might look at Michael Carrick who has performed admirably with Middlesbrough despite having a rather depleted squad, the other option could be Brighton and Hove Albion manager Roberto De Zerbi; however, leaving that job at the moment could be foolish.
If we look at world football as a whole, Hansi Flick, Antonio Conte and Julen Lopetegui are the other names linked but we believe that the Glazer's would look at all three as a downgrade on their current manager. Meanwhile, convincing Xabi Alonso to join with his Liverpool connections would be difficult and unless Diego Simeone has a change of heart regarding leaving Atletico Madrid, the options simply aren't out there for Manchester United at the moment, unless they pull off a big shock appointment.