Potential Successors Lined Up for Struggling Manchester United Manager Erik ten Hag
Manchester United suffered a disheartening defeat at the hands of their local rivals, Manchester City, on Sunday. Erling Haaland’s two goals and Phil Foden’s strike sealed a comprehensive 3-0 victory for Pep Guardiola’s team, intensifying the pressure on United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, to turn things around at Old Trafford.
In the midst of this scrutiny, two strong contenders have emerged as potential successors for ten Hag. The odds favor Zinedine Zidane, the former manager of Real Madrid, as the frontrunner with 4/1 odds, according to Odds Checker (at the time of writing). Zidane boasts a remarkable managerial record, including three consecutive Champions League titles during his tenure at Madrid.
Another prominent candidate in the running is Graham Potter, the former manager of Brighton and Chelsea, with odds of 10/1.
Additional figures on the list include Mauricio Pochettino (20/1), Diego Simeone (20/1), Antonio Conte (16/1), and Gareth Southgate (16/1).
After the loss to City, Manchester United currently finds themselves in eighth place in the Premier League standings. They are eight points behind fourth-place Liverpool and eleven points behind fifth-place Arsenal.
Ten Hag acknowledged the challenging start but expressed optimism, saying, “The three games before we won, and the spirit is very good, so I think we are on the way up. The start was difficult, but we are on the way up. I am sure when we have some injured players coming back, our side will be stronger. We have to be patient.”
He further commented on the game’s dynamics, highlighting the close nature of the contest. However, he admitted that introducing an Ajax style of play to Manchester United, characterized by high pressing and attacking football, is a challenge he may never achieve. Nevertheless, his previous season led the team to a third-place finish.
In the face of recent struggles, the future remains uncertain for Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.