Man Utd’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replacement plan as Ed Woodward impressed with candidate


Ralf Rangnick is reportedly a short-term option for Manchester United if they sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian’s position at the club continues to come under threat in the wake of United’s 2-0 defeat by Manchester City on derby day.

Man United’s preference is to keep Solskjaer in place until at least the end of the season, but if a top-four finish is put in jeopardy, they could consider replacing him before then, according to ESPN.

Brendan Rodgers is one of the names who would be firmly in the frame to succeed Solskjaer, but the club are aware of how difficult it would be to sign him mid-season.

Appointing a manager from now until the end of the season is a viable option, however, and is something the Red Devils are looking into.

And it’s claimed former RB Leipzig boss Rangnick, who now has a senior role at Lokomotiv Moscow, fits the bill after impressing Ed Woodward during informal meetings.

Gary Neville reckons the Old Trafford hierarchy are unsure what their next move due to their inexperience of winning trophies.

And the former United defender believes they will stick by Solskjaer until the end of the season and hit the reset button.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s not a board that has experience of winning trophies. You look right through to recruitment, the CEO or decision-makers – none of them have had success in winning titles. There’s an element of not knowing what to do.

“They will be very unsure what to do because in the past that same group of people have sacked managers after eight months in David Moyes, they sacked a manager after winning the FA Cup, they sacked Mourinho after giving him a new contract and not backing him in the transfer market. I suspect a real yo-yo in their minds and they haven’t got the experience to deal with it.


“Ed Woodward leaves the club in a month apparently, who’s going to take over? They haven’t got the football experience and there’s not as good as Man City and Liverpool off the pitch either.

““Ole is a function of what’s happening in the club and my view at the moment is a new manager could come in and end up the exact same that’s why I think United have to resurrect this season and then re-set at this point.”

Neville also reckons there is a hesitancy to go down the route of a ‘world-class’ manager after the likes of Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal didn’t work out.

He added: “I thought Jose Mourinho, Louis Van Gaal and Moyes were better managers than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, Solskjaer finished second in the league and showed progression. Of course, there are better managers in terms of credentials but the confusion is they’ve gone for managers with world-class credentials.

“The hesitancy is the board have been down the route of bringing in a Mourinho but have been burnt by that. Who would they get now? Pochetino would have a lack of trophies because if he didn’t win trophies you’d say he didn’t win before.

“What they’ll do is stick to the long-term plan. There’s no doubt you can get a manager with more credentials than Ole, however, they’ve done that before and it’s been spectacularly bad.”



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