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Manchester United add surprise name to managerial shortlist due to Mauricio Pochettino doubt

Manchester United are reportedly ready to consider hiring England manager Gareth Southgate as their long-term replacement for Jose Mourinho.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is currently at Old Trafford on an interim basis until the end of the season, with a long list of big names linked as potential candidates to come in full time in the summer.

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Among those are Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, as noted by the Telegraph, who now add Southgate as a somewhat surprise candidate.

While the 48-year-old has done a fine job in his time in charge of England, he doesn’t have much experience at club level, having last managed in the Premier League with Middlesbrough ten years ago.

Club football is also seen as a far higher level than international football these days, so a big job like United is surely too much of a step up.

Of course, Southgate could surprise us all again as he has with England, but this seems an extremely risky potential appointment.

The Telegraph claims United fear Pochettino will remain at Tottenham, while question-marks remain over Zidane’s suitability for the job.

It is suggested, however, that caretaker manager Solskjaer may be in the best position to get the job permanently if it doesn’t work out with those two.

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