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It actually happened. No, you’re not dreaming. Manchester United finally sacked José Mourinho. At worst, he should have never been hired. At best, this parting of ways came months too late. Still, it’s done. While Mourinho is currently laughing maniacally as he lines the floor of his room at The Lowry with 100 pound notes, United now have to go about the business of replacing him. According to the club’s statement, a temporary appointment will be made until the end of the season, at which point Mauricio Pochettino a permanent successor will be named.

A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.

In the hours since the announcement was made, there have been various briefings, many of which contradict each other. One of the few consistent messages emanating from United however is that the caretaker will be someone “steeped in the traditions of the club,” and will hopefully be appointed within 48 hours. Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna could be in charge for the match against Cardiff at the weekend, but neither are expected to be in consideration for the caretaker role. Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville have also been ruled out.

So where does that leave us then? Let’s looks at the options for Manchester United’s next interim manager.

The Steady Pair of Hands

Laurent Blanc

Depending on which reports you believe, Blanc is either firmly in contention, or was never even in the running. Blanc is the most experienced of the candidates that have been mentioned, and of course is a former player. On the other hand, his style of football does not compare favorably to Mourinho’s, and of course, there is the fact that he was recorded approving of a plan to limit the number of black players in the French national team. Err, no thanks.

Carlos Queiroz

Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant Queiroz knows United as well or better than any of the candidates, has done a commendable job with Iran, and might even jump at the chance to “do a Guus Hiddink.” But if one of the reasons that Mourinho lost his job was the quality of the football, well...

The Calculated Risks

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is an early frontrunner for the caretaker post. The fans would love him, he has several years experience in management, and he would be guaranteed to at least try to implement an attacking philosophy. The only problem is that he’s currently employed by Molde, and when he did try his hand at Premier League management with Cardiff City, it was an unmitigated disaster.

Jaap Stam

Stam is another choice of former player who the fans would quickly get behind, but who has a mixed record in management. He started at Reading like a house on fire, but then has been out of work since March after being fired by the club for only getting a single win in 18 games.

Roy Keane

Oh my god. Can you imagine? Roy Keane! In this dressing room! Keano now has several years experience in management, and is recently out of work after him and Martin O’Neill were let go from their roles with the Ireland national team. Like Stam, Keane had some success in the Championship. At the top level though, it’s not clear that Keane has what it takes. But still. Roy Keane!

Nemanja Vidić

Vida has done his coaching badges, loves United, and is on record as wanting to manage the club. Why he would be considered above the likes of Carrick (who at least has some experience in coaching) is unclear. But who better to sort out this shambles of a United defense?

The Romantic Choices

Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona is an actor who may not even have the required coaching badges. He is our unanimous number one choice here at The Busby Babe for next manager of Manchester United.

Patrice Evra

Evra is another who may or may not have his coaching badges, but he unquestionably gets United, and his experience as a top class footballer is second to none. His recent appearances alongside Ed Woodward could point to him being back at United in the near future in some capacity. The idea of having Mad Paddy in the United dugout just days after he sucked on a raw chicken on Instagram is almost too much for us to handle.

Sir Alex Ferguson

TURN THE NARRATIVE UP TO ELEVEN. In the words of our own Andi Thomas, it would be “like that time Paul Scholes came back, multiplied by a million.”

Poll

Who should be the next caretaker manager of Manchester United?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
    (69 votes)
  • 13%
    Laurent Blanc
    (48 votes)
  • 2%
    Eric Cantona
    (10 votes)
  • 1%
    Nemanja Vidić
    (4 votes)
  • 4%
    Carlos Queiroz
    (15 votes)
  • 6%
    Roy Keane
    (22 votes)
  • 1%
    Jaap Stam
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    Patrice Evra
    (4 votes)
  • 41%
    Sir Alex Ferguson
    (143 votes)
  • 7%
    Other
    (25 votes)
344 votes total Vote Now