Jose Mourinho has been given the sack by Manchester United after a dismal start to the season left them 19 points off Premier League leaders and arch rivals, Liverpool.

Mourinho was given his marching orders on Tuesday morning, with the club saying they will appoint a permanent replacement in the summer.

So, who will replace Mourinho?

The candidates for the job this summer:

1) Zinedine Zidane 

Few first-time managers can say they won the Champions League during their first season in charge. None can match Zidane's astonishing record of three in three years. 

Fact he is untried outside of the context of Real Madrid gives some reason for caution, but is the only coach of his profile out of work, which makes him the obvious choice.

zinedine zidane

2) Antonio Conte

From one confrontational former Chelsea manager who alienated much of a once-thriving squad to... another.

Conte's impact in his first season at Chelsea makes him a viable contender if Ed Woodward is looking for a quick fix, but would he buck the time-honoured trend of attempting to correct the flaws of the previous appointment with the next?

antonio conte

3) Mauricio Pochettino

Stock at a high after leading Tottenham on a very tight budget, but no summer signings and ongoing stadium woes create a feeling that he may look elsewhere this summer. 

He appears to have every necessary attribute to succeed at the top, but lack of trophies are a nagging if tedious doubt.

Mauricio Pochettino

4) Laurent Blanc 

Played for United and taken charge of Bordeaux, France and Paris Saint-Germain as a manager but has not worked since 2016.

Nevertheless, seems to have some sort of contractual agreement to appear in any piece speculating about Manchester United’s next manager, so here he is.

laurent blanc

5) Arsene Wenger

Wenger has been waiting for the perfect job to come around since leaving Arsenal in the summer, with Bayern Munich talked about as a next destination.

Surely it won't be Old Trafford? But wouldn’t it be fun!

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