Gareth Southgate the 'leading contender' to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd

Gareth Southgate to Man Utd? Stranger things have happened...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's time as Manchester United manager looks like it won't last much longer.

The Norwegian's reign as permanent boss has been nothing short of disastrous, with the Red Devils' 2-0 loss to Burnley last time out one of the worst performances of his tenure.

Reports have stated in the aftermath of that game that those upstairs are willing to give Solskjaer time to mould the team in his image.

However, if they continue to perform like a mid-table side, the only logical solution will be to show the United legend the exit door.

But who would they get in to replace him? Right now, the job is the definition of a poisoned chalice.

Mauricio Pochettino has long been linked with the role, but another surprising name is said to be the leading contender; current England boss Gareth Southgate.

According to the Daily Mail, senior figures at United are aware of the 'Kenny Daglish scenario' which unfolded at Liverpool a few years back.

The Reds sacked one of their legends, paving the way for Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp to turn the team's fortunes around.

Ed Woodward is said to be impressed with how Southgate has changed England's fortunes around since his appointment and feels he can fulfil a similar role.

Southgate has worked wonders with England

Southgate is also a regular visitor to United's Carrington training ground and is said to admire the way the club develops young players.

Despite a below average season, the likes of Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have announced themselves on the world stage.

Both are certainly wildcard picks to make Southgate's Euro 2020 squad.

ANALYSIS

GiveMeSport's Danny Ryan says:

Southgate may be best served staying away from the Man Utd job

Southgate would bring hope if he were appointed, but would he wish to potentially tarnish his reputation when he's currently excelling with England?

The current crop of players available to him at international level look capable of challenging for both Euro 2020 and the 2022 World Cup.

Yes, United are one of the biggest clubs in world football, but it would take a Sir Alex Ferguson-type manager to get them challenging for the Premier League and Champions League again.

Southgate isn't that type and surely he's better served revamping England and turning them into a world force.

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