Manchester United news roundup: Mourinho, Pochettino, Solskjaer and more

It has been coming for a while but today was the day Manchester United finally sacked Jose Mourinho.
The timing may well have come as a surprise to some and we’ve made sure you won’t miss anything on a huge day for the club…

Potential short-term successors

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United’s announcement was swiftly accompanied by a succession plan. Michael Carrick will take training for the next couple of days as interim manager, before an external candidate is put in place until the end of the season.
The new temporary manager will apparently be somebody with connections to the club already; but Carrick, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, and both Neville brothers have both been ruled out of the running.

That meant that Laurent Blanc was installed as the early front-runner to take over at the club with which he spent two years with towards the end of his career.
But those rumours subsided as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer moved into contention to take over, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant Mike Phelan touted as his number two.

Long-term suitors?

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Mauricio Pochettino is United’s number one choice to replace Mourinho permanently, according to the Times.
The same paper also
report that Pochettino wants the job, viewing the opportunity to move to Old Trafford as too good to go down and more appealing than the Real Madrid job as it does not come up as often.
 

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.