Man United Identify Shock Candidate For The Permanent Managerial Post

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In spite of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s impressive work since his appointment, Manchester United have continued their search for permanent managerial candidates.

In fact, according to the latest report from The Sun, the club hierarchy has drawn a 5-man shortlist for the coveted position.

The list is topped by none other than Tottenham Hotspur gaffer Mauricio Pochettino, who leads the race for the job by miles. Further, he is also believed to be interested in taking control at the Old Trafford helm.

But the Red Devils have identified four other potential candidates as well, in case they fail to bring in the Argentinian. The alternatives include Solskjaer himself, along with Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc, and much to everyone’s surprise, Marco Rose.

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Rose put himself into contention for the Manchester United job through his impressive work at Red Bull Salzburg. He took over the Austrian outfit in 2017, and successfully led the club to the league title in his debut season.

Further, he also managed to take the side to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League last term, beating the likes of Real Sociedad, Borussia Dortmund, and Lazio in the knockout rounds. His men were later eliminated by eventual winners, Marseille.

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The German tactician’s team sits atop the Austrian Bundesliga this season as well, completely undefeated, and 14 points clear of second-placed LASK.

Salzburg have also reached the Europa League Round of 32, after having won all six of their group games against Celtic, Rosenborg, and RB Leipzig.

Rose has undoubtedly been doing an impressive job, but the jump from Salzburg to Manchester could turn out to be too huge for the 42-year-old. But the fact that he has found himself on Manchester United‘s radar this early in his career remains quite a phenomenal feat nonetheless.