By Conor Laird
Published: October 25, 2021 6:40 pm
Last Updated: October 25, 2021 6:46 pm
Updated odds on the front-runner to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United have been unveiled on Monday, amid fresh speculation surrounding the Norwegian’s position.
Salah stars in drubbing
Solskjaer of course led his side back into action a little over 24 hours ago, in a Premier League showdown with Liverpool at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils entered the clash eyeing a much-needed return to form on the domestic front, having slipped a full eight points off the pace of table-topping Chelsea owing to a draw and two defeats from their prior three.
When all was said and done in Manchester on Sunday, however, United came up short, in the most spectacular fashion imaginable.
A frankly laughable defensive display ultimately culminated in the hosts being put to the sword by 5 (FIVE) goals to nil.
Mohamed Salah proved the star of the rout, netting a hat-trick to make it an eye-watering 14 goals in the Egyptian’s last 10 appearances, with Diogo Jota and Naby Keita having been on target, too:
Mo Salah has written his name in history yet again 🤯
The first Liverpool hat-trick at Old Trafford since November 1936.
Man United go 5-0 down in the second half.
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) October 24, 2021
Conte leads the pack
Alarm bells on the red half of Manchester, in turn, have since inevitably begun to sound.
Ahead of a season which promised so much, United have already been ousted from the League Cup, required last-gasp winners to avoid further embarrassment in the Champions League, and now slipped out of the Premier League’s top-6.
With such a wealth of unquestionable talent at his disposal, it should therefore come as little surprise to hear of calls beginning to mount amongst the Red Devils fanbase for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be dismissed.
And, if the latest speculation spreading across the English media is anything to go by, then such a development, so recently viewed as completely out of the question, now looks very much on the cards.
As per a report from the reliable Samuel Luckhurst of The Manchester Evening News, those in a position of power at Old Trafford have begun giving ‘serious consideration’ to parting ways with Solskjaer:
BREAKING: Manchester United are considering sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before their next game against Tottenham!
The Manchester Evening News understands that the club are giving serious consideration to the decision… 🚨
— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) October 25, 2021
So, should the Glazers ultimately opt to pull the trigger, and move their long-time boss on, who could replace him in Manchester?
Well, as outlined above, on Monday evening, an insight into exactly that has been forthcoming.
As per betting syndicate oddschecker, the current front-runner to replace Solskjaer is ex-Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte.
Next up comes French icon Zinedine Zidane at 4/1, followed by Leicester City tactician Brendan Rodgers (6/1), under-fire Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino (10/1) and the highly-regarded Erik ten Hag (16/1).
It is the name of the bookies’ 6th-choice favourite, however, which will no doubt truly turn heads across the Manchester United fanbase.
This comes with a current member of the club’s playing staff, in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo, boasting odds of just 19/1 to take up the reins at the Theatre of Dreams.
🇮🇹 Antonio Conte moves into favourite to become the next Manchester United manager:
— oddschecker (@oddschecker) October 25, 2021
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|4||West Ham United||9||6||17|
|5||Brighton & Hove Albion||9||0||15|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||10|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||7|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||6|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||5|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||4|
|Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick||Arsenal FC||4|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||4|
|Firmino, Roberto||Liverpool FC||4|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||4|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United||4|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion||4|
|Hwang, Hee-chan||Wolverhampton Wanderers||4|
|Sarr, Ismaila||Watford FC||4|
|Greenwood, Mason||Manchester United||4|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||3|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||3|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||3|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||3|
|Benrahma, Said||West Ham United||3|
|Gray, Demarai||Everton FC||3|
|Player||Team||Red Cards||Yellow Cards|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||1||4|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||5|
|Veltman, Joel||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||4|
|Mings, Tyrone||Aston Villa||0||4|
|Skipp, Oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||4|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||0||2|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||0||3|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||0||3|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa||0||3|
|Westwood, Ashley||Burnley FC||0||3|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||3|
|Cooper, Liam||Leeds United||0||3|
|Ritchie, Matt||Newcastle United||0||3|
|Duffy, Shane||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||3|
|Moreno, Rodrigo||Leeds United||0||3|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford FC||0||3|
|Tarkowski, James||Burnley FC||0||3|
|Laporte, Aymeric||Manchester City||0||3|
|Saiss, Romain||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||3|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||7|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||5|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester City||5|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea FC||5|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||3|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||3|
|Saint-Maximin, Allan||Newcastle United||3|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trent||Liverpool FC||3|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||2|
|Townsend, Andros||Everton FC||2|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||2|
|Ings, Danny||Aston Villa||2|
|Benrahma, Said||West Ham United||2|
|Gray, Demarai||Everton FC||2|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||2|
|Toney, Ivan||Brentford FC||2|
|Smith-Rowe, Emile||Arsenal FC||2|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||2|
|Grealish, Jack||Manchester City||2|
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