Next Manchester United Manager Betting Odds

Twelve matches into the 2021/22 Premier League campaign and bright tidyings have not come from Old Trafford of late. Manchester United are 8th in the points table and have won just one of their last seven league outings with five losses in the mix. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was shown the door after their 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Watford, with Michael Carrick given the caretaker role.

Who will become the next Man United manager is currently a hot topic discussed all around the UK. Carrick has surely put his hat in the ring following the Red Devils commanding a 0-2 win over Villarreal at El Madrigal. There is also talk of Mauricio Pochettino leaving Parc des Princes to coach Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford after being fed up with the background politics at Paris Saint-Germain.

It’s still a little early to give anything concrete, as managers lineup for one of the most coveted job in club football. Man United fans will have to dig in their heels as the club's management goes through the available resumes and interviews the available candidates. With the fate of the most followed football club in limbo, it will be an interesting interim period before they embark on their latest adventures.

Manchester United manager betting overview

Ole ultimately got sacked after much furore about the club's recent results, playing style and minutes on the pitch for Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek. With the Norwegian out of the managerial hot seat, there is plenty of betting activity relating to who the next Man Utd manager will be on all platforms. And to be honest, that tells you all you need to know about what to expect.

Mission Impossible: Bringing United back to the success of Fergie's time

It was never going to be an easy job to follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. As we have seen in recent years, many managers have come to the club and tried to reach the expectations of the fans and replicate the success that Sir Alex Ferguson was able to achieve at the club. However, this success has still managed to elude the players, the fans, and the manager. It's not that the club has performed horrifically in recent years, but we cannot ignore the fact that Manchester United is a club that was one of the largest and most feared clubs in the world once upon a time.

These days, the club just doesn't quite have that same feeling about it, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struggled to bring the Red Devils up to the level that they have been at in the past. He actually has quite a talented team at his disposal, but it still seems that these players are struggling to put in consistent performances where they are playing at the level that is expected of them. Given the nature of the Premier League, these shortcomings almost always fall on the shoulders of the manager.

While one does feel for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, especially with him being a previous player at the club, we still must face the reality that he was never up to the task and the failure to add silverware to their ranks cost him his job. Questions were already being raised about his position at the club, and given the way that Man United has fared this season, it was only a matter of time when the club started their search for a new manager.

So there you have it – Ole has left the club, and the more pressing question is, who’s going to take over? Well, let’s start by looking at the odds.

The current state of play for Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United

It is difficult to come up with a better word than bleak to describe how Manchester United is looking right now. The side is currently outside the Premier League top four, and they have not really enjoyed any major wins to speak of in recent games. While this is obviously not ideal from a domestic football point of view, they have done the job in the Champions League.

If we look back at the last few games for the club, it is understandable to see why the pressure mounted on the shoulders of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.  With Cristiano Ronaldo staking his neck out time and time again to bail the team out, fans began to load the blame onto Solskjaer, and some are even calling for him to be sacked. Their wish was eventually fulfilled as he was sacked after the 4-1 drubbing Watford unleashed on them.

While this would seem a bit unfair given that we are just a few games into the new season, stranger things have happened in the Premier League.

Next Man United manager odds

It’s not going to be an easy job, whoever takes over the club. But with this said, there are a few names that are looking promising, and eager to take over. Here they are:

Ralf Rangnick

Alongside Mauricio Pochettino and Michael Carrick, Ralf Rangnick is the odds on favourite to take over from Solskjaer. His work at the helm of RB Leipzig has impressed the Manchester United hierarchy, who want him to transform the Red Devils into a force to reckon with. The 63-year-old has previously done transformational jobs with Schalke and Hoffenheim and is credited to influence the coaching styles of influenced Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann, Ralph Hasenhuttl, and Jurgen Klopp.

However, he has moved away from coaching of late and is currently working as the Head of Sports and Development of Lokomotiv Moscow. The rumour mill is awash with links to Old Trafford but it is yet to be ascertained in which capacity he will be joining, either as a coach or in a reshuffle to give him the sporting director's job.

Zinedine Zidane

In recent weeks, we’ve seen a flurry of Man Utd manager betting relating to Zidane. He is a legend of the game, not only as a player but also as a manager. Most impressively, he helped Real Madrid to win a Champions League hat trick. This will forever go down as an unbelievable achievement, which is why many United fans are calling for Zidane’s services. Some might call it fate that he left Madrid as recently as May 2021 too, opening the door for an easy move.

With this said, Zidane isn’t at the top of the tree concerning the next Man United manager odds. In fact, many bookies have him listed as high as 10.00 or more. That’s probably because he has publicly expressed his lack of motivation to come back into coaching. Then again, the media is a hotbed for rumours, and a Zidane move is by no means impossible.

Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag is currently the manager of Ajax FC and has been since 2017. During this spell, ten Hag has helped Ajax defy the odds and make the Champions League semi-finals. In addition to this, he has won the Eredivisie League twice, which is fairly impressive. He seems to have an uncanny ability for getting a team to gel together while maximizing each individual's potential. Does United need such an influence? Absolutely. Surprisingly, the next Man United manager odds for ten Hag are even higher than Zidane, however.

We believe that this is the case because ten Hag has recently signed a contract extension with Ajax through 2023. But as we all know, contracts aren’t always honoured to their very end in professional football. That’s why ten Hag is a solid outside choice for becoming the next Manchester United manager after Solskjaer.

Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers has been listed as a likely takeover for quite some time now. He has managed some of the biggest clubs around during his time too. Most memorably, he has managed Liverpool, Celtic, and now, Leicester City. Arguably, he hasn’t enjoyed the same managerial successes as guys like Conte or Zidane. But then again, you don’t need a trophy full of awards to be a great manager. Even Steven Gerrard has quoted Rodgers as being one of the top one-on-one coaches he’s ever seen.

But generally spelling, the next Man United manager odds for Rodgers are floating around the 5.50 mark. This is very similar to ten Hag, who has a better shot at taking over from Solskjaer, in our opinion.

Michael Carrick

Ever since he hung up his boots, Michael Carrick has been touted as a future Manchester United Manager. The retired midfielder was a key member of Ole's coaching staff and earned his first win as a manager in the caretaker role. United were assured in their performance against Villarreal at El Madrigal, dutifully getting the three points on offer to claim top spot in Group C.

The Red Devil's performance in his first game in charge has left the Old Trafford faithful with a romantic idea of him taking over. However, his lack of first-hand managerial experience leaves a lot to be desired. The club can potentially go down the same spiral as they had when Ole was at the wheel. Analysts believe otherwise and there have been calls for him to give him the contract. With odds of 7.00 to take over the hot seat, and the board's preference for someone they already know of, there are chances he might be signing over the dotted line.

Mauricio Pochettino

The United job had always fancied Mauricio Pochettino, who had earlier distanced himself from the job due to his allegiance with Tottenham. With Spurs moving to their third manager since his departure, the Argentine has no qualms at coming back. The political squabbles going on at Parc des Princes is also helping United's cause. Couple this with their on-field performances and there is a good possibility that Pochettino will be announced Solskjaer's replacement in the coming weeks.

There is no denying the fact that United's inkling to bring Pochettino to the Old Trafford dugout. The Red Devils wanted to bring him two years back and his arrival will surely be delayed gratification for his supporters. With PSG's latest defeat in the Champions League, bookmakers have slashed odds for him and made him a 2.00 favourite to become United's next boss.

Final thoughts

Solskjaer had lived on a thin lifeline as the United supremo throughout his stay. In the end, it was too much to ask and the performances did not add up for him to continue in the managerial hot seat. Unlike at the ousting of Jose Mourinho, suitable replacements are queuing up for the challenge, and it makes for interesting reading.

Odds are changing with every rumour in the market but as it stands, Pochettino is the favourite to take over the club. It makes for interesting discussions as the Argentine arrives to coach Cristiano Ronaldo after directing Lionel Messi. Ralf Rangnick's name is also being touted and the German can surely turn the ailing institution around with his coaching philosophy and organizational development skills. Then there is Michael Carrick who knows the club from inside out and can give much-needed continuity.

It remains to be seen who impresses the United boardroom the most and is given the nod to take over. Whoever it is, the weight of the world will be on the incumbent and they should be ready for the scrutiny that the United job brings with it.

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