Who Will Be Next Manchester United Next Manager?: It seems like Manchester United is in big trouble this season. Nowhere near in quality when compared to the clubs near the top of the Premier League table, the former league winners look miles behind in form and quality despite being one of the richest squads in the world.
After what seemed like a return to form in early October fizzled out when United took on their next-door neighbors Manchester City. A 3-0 loss to their city rivals was followed by a loss to Newcastle United with the same scoreline.
These two losses have put Manchester United manager Eric Ten hag on thin ice, with another major loss possibly being his last in this job. While the club has claimed in a statement that they will be sticking with the Dutch manager for the foreseeable future, the fickle world of top-flight managerial positions has no place for job guarantees.
With all that being said, who are some of the managers who can take the United job in case Ten Hag is sacked? Here are the top 5 managers, who can take up the mantle of managing Manchester United in the near future –
Who Will Be Next Manchester United Next Manager?
5) Ruud Van Nistelrooy
An absolute legend back in his playing days with Manchester United, Ruud Van Nistelrooy can become the latest in the long line of managers coming to a club they used to play for. The likes of Mikel Arteta and Xavi have proved that this is a formula that works. But there have also been several former players returning to their former clubs as managers that have not worked as well, the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard, and Manchester United’s very own Ole Gunner Solskjaer come to mind.
Nistelrooy is a relative newcomer to the world of managing football clubs. His only top-tier managerial job came at PSV in Eredivisie. While he did win 24 matches in his year-long stint at the club, winning the 2023 Johan Cruyff Shield and KNVB Cup, he resigned just before the 2022-23 season ended citing a lack of support from the club.
4) Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick has had a very topsy-turvy managerial career in football at the highest level. In 2019, the German was promoted from an assistant coach to the proper manager of Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich. In his two-or-so-year stint at the club, the German side won everything. While winning the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal are fairly common for Bayern, the club also won their first Champions League in eight years in 2020.
At the end of the 2020-21 season, Hansi signed on as the manager of the German National Team. His time with the national team faired far worse than his stint at Bayern Munich. During his tenure, Germany was eliminated in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup. Following a 4-1 loss to Japan in a friendly in September 2023, Flick became the first person to be sacked as the manager of the German National Team.
With that being said, Hasi Flick has proven what he can do on the club stage. He is also known to be an incredible man-manager, something a divided Manchester United locker room desperately needs.
3) Antonio Conte
Antonio Conte has had a stellar managerial career, winning silverware everywhere he has gone (except Tottenham, but that’s not surprising). A serial winner with the likes of Chelsea, Juventus, and Inter, Conte is known to be one of the most strict (and somewhat toxic) personalities in football.
While it would be foolish to expect a long-term project being built under Conte unless a club is fully devoted to his whims and needs, Conte has had a track record of cringing short-term success anywhere he goes.
Antonio Conte’s stints at any club are like that of Jose Mourinho. While there will be success for a couple of seasons, the relationship does not last for over three years. It is highly likely that if Conte joins Manchester United as their manager, he will be bad-mouthing club owners – The Glazers, within a year. This might make him a hero in the eyes of the club’s fans.
2) Roberto De Zerbi
An unconventional pick for the Manchester United manager, Roberto De Zerbi has to be in high demand by big clubs after his exploits with Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League. After promising managerial stints in Italy and Ukraine, De Zerbi arrived in Brighton in September 2022. In his first year with the club, he guided The Dolphins to an incredible 7th-place finish, with the club playing European football for the first time in the 2023-24 season in the UEFA Europa League.
Roberto De Zerbi’s focus on youth development might just be the fresh start Manchester United needs. With the club possessing incredible talent in their under-18 setup, United under De Zerbi can be a years-long project.
1) Zinedine Zidane
One of the greatest players in the history of the sport, Zinedine Zidane proved that he is also one of the best football managers of all time as well. While some argue that he had a sublime squad with Real Madrid in the late 2010s and that his side was very lucky, winning 3 Champions Leagues in a row is a feat that has never been replicated since the tournament was renamed in the 1990s. In fact, nobody has even won it twice in a row.
Zindane’s attacking style of football just might be what the doctor ordered for Manchester United. While his stature within the sport will see each player stick to every word he says. ZIndane has turned down several managerial jobs in the past, as it looks like he is on the lookout for a generational project. And there is no bigger project in world football right now than Manchester United.