Home football Laurent Blanc for the interim, Mauricio Pochettino or Zinédine Zidane for the future? Manchester United is speculating

Laurent Blanc for the interim, Mauricio Pochettino or Zinédine Zidane for the future? Manchester United is speculating

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It’s a little phrase that may go unnoticed at first. But the last words of Manchester United’s press release leave one wondering. “Michael Carrick will take charge of the squad for the next matches, while the club will seek to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season“: this is how the text of Manchester United ends. And that leaves some questions unanswered.

This suggests that Manchester United do not want a long-term coach right now. But is ready to end the season with a passing manager. While waiting to find the rare pearl, able to give a clear direction to his project? While assuming to make this exercise a transitional season after this failed start to the exercise while the Red Devils are seventh in the Premier League, 12 points behind the leader, Chelsea, after 12 days?

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It seems difficult to conceive, as Manchester have again invested heavily this summer to strengthen their squad and Cristiano Ronaldo has returned. But the lack of a major coach available on the market, as well as the difficulties in attracting one during the season, could explain this strategy. And according to the Mirror, Laurent Blanc could be this candidate. The former PSG coach, who relaunched his coaching career with Qatari club Al Rayyan last December, would be on the Mancunian shelves according to the tabloid.

If the former coach of the Blues and coach of PSG is experiencing difficulties on the bench of Al Rayyan, where he is targeted by some supporters, he has the advantage of being a former member of the Mancunian house, where he finished his career in 2003. And if he has not coached on the Old Continent since his departure from Paris in 2016, the one who won four titles of champion of France in the coaching suit (one with Bordeaux in 2009 and three with PSG in 2014, 2015 and 2016) kept a certain rating in the North of England. And could be offered a great opportunity to make a comeback at the highest level, even if only in an interim role. And that other avenues are obviously also being studied.

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Zidane, Ten Hag or even Pochettino for this summer?

While waiting to see more clearly, the British press is already speculating on the name of the next Mancunian coach on the other side of the Channel. For the Times, the Glazer family’s dream is called Zinédine Zidane, who is admittedly free but not really excited about the idea of ​​taking over a project now and under these conditions. Erik ten Hag, who has demonstrated all his qualities for years at Ajax Amsterdam, also makes many observers salivate. But after extending before the summer, he recently reiterated his love for Ajax.

The name of Brendan Rodgers is also mentioned. Just like that of Mauricio Pochettino. the Daily Mirror even believes that the coach of PSG is the favorite for the post for next summer. And that would be good because the Argentinian would be keen to return to the Premier League, according to the tabloid which quotes close friends of the Parisian coach. It seems unlikely at the moment. But in football, you should never say never and Pochettino’s communication is not necessarily very readable since his arrival in Paris … In any case, this strategy questions in the spans of Old Trafford. “Manchester’s planning management has been poor. They are waiting for Mauricio Pochettino not to succeed at another club. But if he won the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain would not let him go. But it’s the only name that seems to suit Manchester United“, estimates Gary Neville on Sky Sport.

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