who really won El Sackicko?
Nuno Espirito Santo paid the price for Tottenham’s disastrous performance against Manchester United, a result which gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer another reprieve. Yet days later, which club exudes renewed optimism and enjoys another of their endless sugar highs, a temporary dizziness that will soon subside, exposing a cavity that still needs to be repaired?
Spurs, meanwhile, have welcomed one of Europe’s most successful managers, a five-time title winner, a former Premier League champion and a manager who last week seemed the obvious candidate to take over Manchester United. . Antonio Conte is back in England and Tottenham, which on Monday morning was the very image of a club in crisis, looked again like a formidable outfit on Tuesday afternoon.
Not so long ago, with the taunts of thousands of jubilant Liverpool fans still ringing around the rafters of Old Trafford, it seemed Solskjaer had reached the point of no return. Many didn’t think he would always be in the dugout by Spurs play – and I reported that even if he was given a temporary stay of execution, another serious setback, either in north London or in the Champions League against Atalanta, would see him sacked.
United’s upcoming games make reading intimidating. First off, it’s Serie A’s fifth team, who took a 2-0 lead in their recent meeting before Cristiano Ronaldo completed the comeback. After that, the Red Devils welcome champions Manchester City. They will then face two away games – at Watford and Chelsea – before playing a rejuvenated Arsenal at home.
Their manager is by no means guaranteed to be clear – although he may breathe a sigh of relief at the news of Conte’s appointment to Tottenham.
The former Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan boss was clearly the favorite for the United seat, but that doesn’t mean there are no more standout candidates if the board decides to do so. a change.
Mauricio Pochettino is now the most likely replacement, according to bookmakers, as his reign at PSG continues to stutter. For 73 minutes against Lille, he appeared to come under renewed pressure – especially when he knocked out Lionel Messi again – but he will ultimately be judged on the Parisians’ Champions League victory. He has had admirers at United for a long time, anyway.
Zidane, the only coach to win the Champions League three years in a row, has been unemployed since leaving Real Madrid for the second time in May.
In a relatively short managerial career, the 49-year-old has already won 11 major accolades, although he has no Premier League experience as a player or coach and does not seem interested in a return to management abroad.
Rodgers has enough credit in the bank to withstand what has been Leicester’s disappointing start to the season. Not only did he bring them back to Europe (admittedly via the Europa League, rather than the Champions League) and win an FA Cup, but his CV is full of silverware thanks to an extremely successful stint with Celtic.
That said, no former Liverpool manager has ever received the United job.
Erik Ten Hag
Ten Hag only signed a new deal with Ajax over the summer – after being touted by Tottenham – but his reputation has grown steadily, not least thanks to three decisive Champions League wins this past. season; Better yet, a tough 4-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund that further silenced Sebastian Haller’s skeptics (most of them in east London) and neutralized Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham.
The great paradox of Martinez’s Belgian tenure is that he both elevated his position after a rather disastrous stint at Everton, but at the same time saw his fingers pointed at a Golden Generation that ultimately failed, failing to win. a major international tournament despite being ranked No. 1 in the world for so long.
There is much to admire in his domestic career; his transformative job guiding Swansea from obscurity to the brink of promotion, his defiantly defiant FA Cup triumph with Wigan (although the Latics became the first team to win the competition and be relegated from the highest level the same season).
Upcoming Man Utd manager odds
- Mauricio Pochettino 3-1
- Zinedine Zidane 3-1
- Brendan Rodgers 4-1
- Erik ten Hag 7-1
- Roberto Martinez 14-1
- Julien Nagelsmann 14-1
- Ralf Rangnick 14-1
- Cristiano Ronaldo 14-1
- Graham Potter 14-1
- Lucien Favre 14-1
- Laurent Blanc 33-1
- Massimiliano Allegri 33-1
- Eddie Howe 33-1
- Rafa Benítez 33-1
- Michael Carrick 33-1
- Gareth Southgate 33-1
- Darren Fletcher 33-1
Odds via Betfair and correct as of November 2nd
It is the absence of a natural successor who has played for Solskjaer in the past, and who could do so again.
There have been enough occasions where his players have brought the United boss back from the brink, but as they mercilessly lowered the curtain on Nuno’s time at Spurs, they may have unwittingly left their own advice of administration with one less solution.
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Imagine United after a year at Tuchel
By Daniel Storey, the football editor
“Tools down” is one of the great myths of modern football; this happens very rarely. What can happen is that great players can become so frustrated with the lack of a cohesive system that they become slightly demotivated, in exactly the same way you could be sloppy in an office job if you didn’t think the company’s strategies made sense.
Look at these individuals: Jadon Sancho runs errands and tries to give and go but never get it; Ronaldo acts like a target man but has too little movement around him; Bruno Fernandes seems frustrated that he is no longer the dominant player on the team; Paul Pogba is asked to create from the midfielder, but also to keep a central midfielder partner still, which ends up being an expensive jack-of-all-trades.
The obvious answer is to say that Manchester United just need another central midfielder and that is the only way to realize their potential. But here’s the problem: Managers improve players. If United had Trevoh Chalobah, Malang Sarr and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in their starting squad, would they be as good looking as under Thomas Tuchel? Did Chelsea look like the Champions League winners under Frank Lampard last season? And if these two clubs had reversed their decisions, Tuchel replacing Solskjaer and Lampard remaining in place, should we think that the last 12 months in both cases would have been about the same?
Again, we’re told Manchester United are backing Solskjaer to move them forward, banking on nostalgia and romance being a currency as powerful as tactical aptitude. It is a club which lacks the killer instinct and which remains with a manager who does not have the same. Solskjaer was not a disastrous event, far from it. He stabilized the ship and helped rebuild the bond between the club and the supporters.
But adding more and more players to the team in the hope of finding a magic bullet is like buying increasingly expensive furniture rather than fixing the hole in the roof and then wondering why everything. gets wet when it rains. And it’s so frustrating to be a witness.
This is an excerpt from The Score, Daniel Storey’s weekly verdict on the performances of the 20 Premier League teams. Register now here receive the newsletter on Monday morning