It is no news that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job at Manchester United is lying in the balance, but what is news is the big question of who will replace the Norwegian.
The Manchester United manager is under huge pressure at Old Trafford following two back-to-back home defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City.
United were humiliated 5-0 by Liverpool at Old Trafford with home fans leaving the stadium just after 60 minutes of action. That loss was followed by a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
Fans have now given up on the manager over poor results despite the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.
Though Ole is a former United player himself, most fans believe he is not capable of leading the team to greater heights.
As a result, there have been calls for his sack. Here are three former Manchester United players who could replace Ole as manager of the Red Devil.
1. Laurent Blanc: He retired in 2003 after spending the final two years of his playing career at United.
The 55-year-old Frenchman is currently in charge of Qatari outfit Al-Rayyan.
Spending the final two years of his playing career at Old Trafford before retiring in 2003, Frenchman Blanc is currently in charge of Qatari outfit Al-Rayyan where he has been in charge since December 2020.
Blanc was a manager at Paris Saint-Germain between 2013 and 2016 and was in charge of the French senior national team between 2010 and 2012.
He has won 15 major honours as a manager, including four Ligue 1 titles across his spells in charge of both Bordeaux and PSG.
2. Roy Keane: If the United board feels that a kick up the backside is what United’s players are in need of, Keane would be the man.
The former Reds skipper is not afraid to speak the truth and say it how it is. How the players would respond to that would be interesting, to say the least.
However, the chances of Keane succeeding Solskjaer, despite having some managerial experience behind him from his spells in charge of Ipswich Town and Sunderland, are very, very, very slim.
3. Darren Fletcher: The former United player currently works at Old Trafford as the club’s technical director and seems to be a better preference than Keane.
He has worked with the players on the training ground during his time in the role, but he, of course, lacks management experience. But everyone has to start somewhere.
Is that, though, a gamble United would be willing to take at this stage? Most probably not.
Nevertheless, the Scot may be considered as a realistic candidate to succeed Solskjaer, at least on a temporary basis, and offer fresh ideas.