Man Utd next manager odds: Zidane favourite to replace Ten Hag

Suraj Radia
Suraj Radia
  • Updated: 9 Dec 2023 17:15 GMT
  • 4 min read
Erik ten Hag, Man Utd
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Zinedine Zidane is favourite to become the next Manchester United manager if the Old Trafford club sack Erik ten Hag in the wake of their disappointing start to the season.

Ten Hag had an impressive first campaign at the club, leading United to Carabao Cup glory as well as the FA Cup final and qualification for the Champions League.

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However, United have struggled so far this season and sit sixth in the Premier League table, while on the cusp of a Champions League exit at the group stage and also having been knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Newcastle in embarrassing fashion.

READ MORE: Which managers have been sacked this season?

The controversy surrounding Ten Hag and Jadon Sancho has only added to the tension, with the £73 million signing exiled from the first team squad due to a public falling-out with the Dutchman, while the form of stars such as Antony, Marcus Rashford and Casemiro has led to immense pressure on the manager.

United have reportedly started considering alternatives to Ten Hag, although they are believed to remain committed to their manager in the hopes results improve while the club resolves its ownership issues off the pitch.

Zidane leads the way despite unrealistic prospect

Ten Hag is now among the likeliest Premier League managers to be sacked next, according to the bookies, following Sheffield United's decision to part ways with Paul Heckingbottom, which prevented the United boss from becoming the first manager to lose his job this season.

Should Ten Hag be sacked, Zinedine Zidane is considered the frontrunner to replace him at 7/2, despite previously suggesting he would be reluctant to take a job in England due to his limited grasp of the English language.

Zinedine Zidane has so far resisted any temptation to return to management after leaving Real Madrid
© ProShots - Zinedine Zidane has so far resisted any temptation to return to management after leaving Real Madrid

Graham Potter, out of work since being sacked by Chelsea earlier this year, has odds of 4/1 and has moved to become second favourite, while his replacement at Brighton, Roberto De Zerbi, is also a frontrunner at 10/1.

Also available at 10/1 is Sporting CP boss Ruben Amorim, while current Germany manager Julian Naglesmann is 9/1, ahead of the man he replaced in Hansi Flick, who has odds of 12/1.

Former United midfielder Michael Carrick continues the outsiders with odds of 12/1, with former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Antonio Conte sitting at 16/1.

Kieran McKenna, who was a long-time coach at United before leaving for Ipswich Town, where he has impressed as they sit in the Championship promotion places, is an option at 20/1.

Who are the favourites to replace Erik ten Hag at Man Utd?

ManagerCurrent JobOdds
Zinedine ZidaneUnattached7/2
Graham PotterUnattached4/1
Julian NagelsmannGermany9/1
Roberto De ZerbiBrighton10/1
Ruben AmorimSporting CP10/1
Hansi FlickUnattached12/1
Michael CarrickMiddlesbrough12/1
Antonio ConteUnattached16/1
Julen LopetguiUnattached16/1
Steve McClarenMan Utd (assistant)16/1
Gareth SouthgateEngland16/1
Kieran McKennaIpswich20/1

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