Man Utd decide Sir Alex Ferguson’s role in search for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replacement

Who will get the Manchester United job?

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Manchester United are looking to find their fourth manager in the last eight years after the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday. The Red Devils are keen to ensure that their next appointment will be a long-term success as the club, but the club’s greatest-ever manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, will have no role to play in the selection.

Many headed into the 2021/22 campaign with high expectations for United.

The acquisitions of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane over the summer suggested that the club could mount a serious title charge, but that idea soon fizzled out.

The final nail in the coffin for Solskjaer was a 4-1 defeat at the hands of lowly Watford last weekend, which saw club captain Harry Maguire dismissed.

The defeat was United’s third embarrassment in four Premier League games after suffering a 2-0 defeat to rivals Manchester City, who never came out of first gear, and a 5-0 crushing by Liverpool.

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Real Madrid hero Zinedine Zidane, Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with the vacancy, with the latter thought to be the no.1 target.

But, despite it being the Scotsman’s area of expertise, ESPN have revealed that Ferguson will not be involved in deciding who will be in the dugout of Old Trafford next season.

Instead, the decision will be left with his former player Darren Fletcher and football director John Murtough, who will then report to Ed Woodward and managing director Richard Arnold.

Of course, Joel Glazer will give the final seal of approval.

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The report went on to state that Ferguson’s influence at United has fizzled out since retiring as manager in 2013, though he did have a minor role to play in Ronaldo’s homecoming.

Pochettino is thought to be taking a keen interest in being Solskjaer’s successor and has made it clear previously that he has every intention of returning to England.

The former Spurs boss is currently in charge of PSG but rumours have circulated that the Argentine has not truly settled in the Ligue 1 – as shown by how he is living in a hotel whilst his family have continued their life in London.

And former Red Devils defender and now pundit Gary Neville has had his say on whether he believes Pochettino would leave PSG to become United manager despite being sat in eighth place in the Premier League.

Speaking on Sunday, Neville told Sky Sports: “I think Mauricio Pochettino — although he’d never say it — would leave to come to Man United on a five-year deal tomorrow.

“He’d look at that group of players, he’d look at the club and he’d realise he’d probably be able to achieve more than he wants at Man United in terms of a project.

“At PSG you are on a season by season, ‘you’ve got to win the Champions League or you’re out’ — type of model. I don’t think that suits Pochettino.

“I think he would absolutely come to Man United on a five-year deal, with backing behind him.”

It remains to be seen who United appoint as their manager, may that be soon or if they wait until the summer like they are thought to be willing to do.

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