Premier League

Zinedine Zidane favourite to replace Erik ten Hag at Manchester United

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla

November 2 2023
Zinedine Zidane Manchester United

Zinedine Zidane has only managed Real Madrid

If Manchester United decides to fire their head coach following a challenging start to the season, Zinedine Zidane is the frontrunner to succeed Erik ten Hag in the betting.

Erik ten Hag had a fantastic debut season at the club, helping Manchester United win the Carabao Cup, make it to the FA Cup final, and earn a Champions League spot. But United has had a difficult season thus far, finishing eighth in the Premier League and embarrassingly losing to Newcastle in the Carabao Cup.

Ten Hag’s and Jadon Sancho’s scandal has further heightened the animosity; the £73 million signing was kicked out of the first team after a public argument with the Dutchman.

Given that sources suggest Ten Hag still has the support of the club hierarchy, he will probably be given more time to succeed. However, if United’s dismal performance persists, Ten Hag might come under more pressure. FootballTransfers has listed the odds for every player bookies think might succeed the former Ajax manager.

The only two bookmakers who are presently offering odds on Ten Hag’s replacements are Paddy Power and Betfair. Both sites have Zidane as the favourite at 4/1, even though the Frenchman has not expressed any interest in relocating to England or going back to management.

The next favourite at 5/1 is Julian Nagelsmann, although the former Bayern Munich manager recently assumed charge of the German national team to win the Euros in their own country in 2024.

With Chelsea firing him earlier this year, Graham Potter is unemployed and has odds of 10/1, while Mauricio Pochettino, the present manager of the Blues, is 20/1 and is unlikely to depart his position at Stamford Bridge given he was only hired this summer.

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