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Manchester United have five candidates to be next manager, with surprise name alongside two former Red Devils players

Manchester United reportedly have five main candidates to be their next permanent manager, with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino the leading candidate.

However, one of two surprises could also be in the frame in case the Spurs manager proves too hard to prise away from their Premier League rivals.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently interim manager after being drafted in to replace Jose Mourinho following his sacking last month.

And the Norwegian could be one of two former United players in the frame to take over permanently, along with Laurent Blanc, according to the Sun.

Zinedine Zidane remains in the frame after months of links with the former Real Madrid manager, while Red Bull Salzburg boss Marco Rose is one of the more left-field candidates linked by the Sun.

Should Solskjaer get the Man Utd job permanently?

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in the frame to take the Manchester United job permanently

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Mauricio Pochettino remains the leading candidate to be next Manchester United manager

MUFC have looked superb under Solskjaer so far, though the relatively inexperienced 45-year-old will no doubt face bigger challenges between now and May.

Still, if the team continues to play like this, one imagines many fans would welcome their former striker staying on in the job ahead of a more established name.

Pochettino and Zidane look the best bets on paper, though both would face very different challenges at Old Trafford from those that made them successes at Tottenham and Real Madrid, respectively.

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