As the news continue to ramble around Old Trafford about Mourinho’s expectedly delayed sack, equally are news milling around on his likely replacement.
Rumours in the gossip pipelines state that United have made contact with Massimiliano Allegri with a £9m three-year contract tabled for the Juventus manager.
However, it should present no surprise that the offer was thrown out the window.
The Italian manager is on a serial win at the Old Lady – with the Italian side having won the past seven Scudetto titles, in addition to managing a competitive squad, it would take an amazingly outrageous offer to pry him out of the Serie A.
With some of the elite managers lining the top-flight clubs in the Premier League, it would seem all the good ones have been taken.
Or have they?
At Matchora, we’ve scoured the footballing world to bring you more affordable but equally effective managers that can cut it at the Theatre of Dreams.
Regardless that some of the heavy hitters have been recruited, there could be some hidden gems yet to be unravelled.
Not so hidden is this one, is it?
For football lovers around the world, an introduction to Atletico manager Diego Simeone would be akin to committing treason.
A fiery, passionate manager known for his dugout antics as much as his team’s robust performance on the pitch, the manager was responsible for leading Atletico to the La Liga title in 2013 – 2014 season as well as two Champions League finals in three years.
With Atletico operating on the transfer strategy of selling top class players on demand – with the likes of Manchester United’s David de Gea and Sergio Aguero emerging from their ranks, it is a likely miracle that the ex-Argentine International has kept up with La Liga heavyweights like Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Able to integrate an able defence with an attacking verve, El Cholo would be able replacement for the Manchester United manager.
Also renowned for his man management skills, with his players showing desire and commitment, the ‘ready to die’ attitude on the pitch, the Argentine manager should be able to extract that extra juice of motivation from the Red Devils squad.
After all a manager who can manage Diego Costa and get him firing on all cylinders should be one worth looking at, don’t you think?
Los Blancos suffered one of their heaviest defeats against Sevilla in the La Liga this season, unveiling the attacking prospects of the Seville club.
While Portuguese forward, Andre Silva stole the spotlight for his brace against the Madrid based club, subtly going under the radar was Los Hispalenses manager, Pablo Machin.
Sevilla has emerged as a dominant force in La Liga and Europe this season, and much of that could be credited to the ex-Spanish International. Los HIspanlenses have been on the hunt, tearing opponents apart to achieve Europa League qualification status.
Providing a feisty, vicious, continual attacking, edge-of-your-seat football, the Spanish manager would be an ideal replacement for Red Devils fans clamouring for an attacking brand of football.
Looking for a long-term replacement to oversee the fortunes of the club, the Sevilla manager is only 43 years, on contract for a duration of two years at the Seville club and would most likely jump at the chance to manage at the helm of the English giants.
Tried and tested at the highest level?
With Los HIspanlenses currently at the top of the La Liga table, it should be no easy feat given league rivals consist of the La Liga champion, the Champions League trophy winner and the Europa League winner.
Gentle and unassuming, baby-faced manager of Bournemouth, Eddie Howe charts the course of events, the direction of play, and all you see on the pitch at the Dorset County club.
Under the tutelage, the Cherries went on an unbeaten run at the start of the season, only losing to Chelsea on the fifth weekend of the season. This should represent no surprise as since his mastermind of the club’s promotion to the Premier League in 2015, the club has achieved the lofty ambition of making the club a staple in top-flight.
Notably, during the 2015 – 2016 season, was Bournemouth’ victory over Chelsea one weekend, and a corresponding victory over Manchester United the following weekend.
The only club to have achieved such feat was Everton in 2010.
With an ensemble of attacking players at his beck and call, United fans would be treated to thrilling, attacking football, one that’s worth going to the stadium on match day for.
The English manager masterminded the victory against Chelsea and then Manchester United in the Premier League the following weekend. He has been heralded as a worthy successor to Jose Mourinho, and with such credentials, it should be no surprise.
Ole Gunner Solskjaer
In a faraway town in Norway, ex-Manchester United striker, Ole Gunner Solskjaer forges his coaching credentials in the Norwegian league. Manager of elite Norwegian club, Molde FK, the ex-Red Devils forward has established his credentials as one of the leading, foremost, inventive coaches in the game.
The ex-Norway striker has been responsible for the Norwegian club’s rise to a leading contender for the Eliteserien, the Norwegian domestic league title. He has also shown expertise on the continental platform in the Europa League, only narrowly missing out on qualifying to the Europa League group stages proper with the loss to Russian side, Zenit St. Petersburg.
However, the criticism that could surround his recruitment is that the Norwegian manager hasn’t really cut it at the highest level. The closest stint would be the acrimonious departure from Cardiff City in the 2013 – 2014 season, after the Welsh side faced relegation.
Manchester United fans, shut your eyes, will you?
Oh! And also, Liverpool fans, do the same!
Eyes turned everywhere when Scottish top-flight football club, Rangers, chose to recruit the yet unproven manager at the helm of management. Having only undertaken coaching experience at youth level, with football fans in Scotland a raving, fanatical side, it seemed like an unfair venture to throw the Liverpool legend into the deep end.
However, fast forward three months, and the ex-English midfielder has shown that he is able to navigate the duties and hurdles of management. The Scottish club went on an unbeaten run during the pre-season friendlies and this form has been translated into the league, with the Gers having the record of 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses – one of such losses an unfortunate outcome against Celtic.
The English manager achieved the formidable feat of enabling the Ibrox club achieve qualification into the Europa League group stages, and are top of the group on four points.
Certainly, without doubt, it would represent an herculean to get the English manager to manage at the Manchester club, given his footballing roots at rivals, Liverpool.
However, critics could probably feel safer. It would require a major deal to pry the manager and his family out of his native country.
Concluding, these are the managers that could prove the dark horse at the Theatre of Dreams.
Impossible, you might think!
A strong example of this is Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola’s meteoric rise from the Barcelona B team to one of the most dynamic and sought-after managers in world football.