Berbatov tips ex-Man Utd man to replace Solskjaer

Berbatov tips ex-Man Utd man to replace Solskjaer


Dimitar Berbatov has tipped either Mauricio Pochettino or Laurent Blanc to become the new Manchester United boss following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.

The Norwegian was relieved of his duties after their dismal display at Watford on Saturday with the Red Devils losing 4-1 to Claudio Ranieri’s side.

It was their fifth loss in seven Premier League matches – which has seen them fall down to eighth in the table – while they have only won three of their last 11 fixtures in all competitions.

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Michael Carrick has been placed in temporary charge until they find an interim manager to see them through until the end of the season.

And the club’s former striker Berbatov believes Pochettino would be a sound appointment, whilst also singing the praises of ex-defender Blanc.

“United have long admired Mauricio Pochettino but, as he is currently the manager of Paris Saint-Germain, it is difficult to see how he could be appointed at Old Trafford any time soon,” the Bulgarian told Betfair (via the Daily Star).

“The only solution I can see would be if Zinedine Zidane were to go to PSG. If he is open to that then I could see a switch for Pochettino happening soon.

“That said, there can often be surprises when it comes to appointing managers. When Jose Mourinho was sacked, who thought Solskjaer would succeed him and stay in charge for three years? We’ve been surprised in the past and may be surprised again.

“Many United fans would be pleased to see Pochettino in charge and I can understand why after his success at Tottenham and his commitment to team-building.”

Berbatov sees ex-United centre-back Blanc as an underrated option to succeed Solskjaer.

He said: “Laurent Blanc is an interesting candidate. He’s an ex-United player, who won everything, has managed PSG and France, has the respect of the players and he has the charisma and composure required to manage United.”

The Frenchman spent two years at Old Trafford between 2001 and 2003, winning the Premier League title in his final season at the club.

Source: All The News – Football365

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