Five managers who could replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho could be running out time at Manchester United.
The team sit in sixth place in the Premier League, 11 points off fourth position.
On the pitch there is little sign of progress, with Mourinho’s team selections erratic and this three most expensive signings either not involved or playing poorly.
It’s not good enough and United may soon look to shake things up.
Here is a look at five of the top contenders to take Mourinho’s job…

Zinedine Zidane


The Frenchman took on one of the toughest jobs in world football and won three Champions League trophies. Just incredible.
He spent time preparing for the Real role with his work at Real Madrid Castilla, overseeing transfers like the Gareth Bale deal, and playing for Real.
At United he would have no such advantage. He would probably be able to persuade Paul Pogba to stay and might be able to get the best out his fellow Frenchman.
He is a big name who could help attract stellar signings.

Mauricio Pochettino

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Tottenham boss Pochettino has shown an ability to get the best out of his players and work within financial constraints. He could be even better with United’s budget.
A lack silverware is the big black mark against Pochettino, yet it could be what gets him to United, if he becomes frustrated at being held back at Spurs having taken them as far as he can.
Tottenham would not let him go easily and he would be the hardest of all five of these names to appoint. Bringing him in mid-season will be impossible.

Leonardo Jardim

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Jardim saw off big spending PSG to break their title monopoly and win Ligue 1 with Monaco.
The former Sporting boss stepped down this season after a poor start and is looking for a new challenge.
He has shown a willingness to play young players in his previous roles and his attack minded philosophy would be a breath of fresh air compared to Mourinho.

Eddie Howe

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Best of British? Eddie Howe has worked wonders at Bournemouth and sooner or later a top team will take a chance on him. If United land Pochettino, expect Howe to head to Spurs.
Howe likes his teams to play attacking football and he has gained considerable experience over the last few seasons in the Premier League. At United he can become even better.
There is a risk of it all going wrong like David Moyes if he steps up a level, but United have tried the approach of hiring big names since and it has not worked.

Nicky Butt

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This would be a more forward thinking approach to United’s situation.
Butt is overseeing the club’s academy teams and has enjoyed great success with the under-19s this season.
He knows United like the back of his hand and could be our own answer to Zidane at Real Madrid.
Importantly he would provide talented youngsters Mason Greenwood, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong the best chance of success.

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