Man United’s three-manager shortlist to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Liverpool defeat

Manchester United were embarrassed by Liverpool on their own turf as Jurgen Klopp’s men put five past the Red Devils on Super Sunday.

In all honesty, it was a result that was a long time in the making as United have been struggling for form all season and relying on Cristiano Ronaldo to bail them out on several occasions.

But he could do nothing about Mohamed Salah’s sublime hat-trick as the Reds piled more pressure on Solskjaer.

United are adamant they will stick by the Norwegian, but it doesn’t get any easier for him with a tough run of fixtures coming up.

Solskjaer will need to respond quickly and climb back up the table or United might have no choice but to part ways with him.

Here are three candidates who are in prime position to replace the Old Trafford boss if he leaves.

Antonio Conte

The former Chelsea boss would be the front runner given his previous experience of the Premier League, winning silverware and also the fact he is currently out of work.

Antonio Conte left Inter Milan in the summer after winning the Serie A title and ending Juventus ‘ nine-year dominance.

Wherever he goes, he wins.

Why wouldn’t that appeal to United given that their squad is good enough to be competing for titles right now, never mind later?

He knows England’s top flight inside out after an impressive spell at Stamford Bridge where he won the league with the Blues in 2016/17.

Conte is biding his time for the right job to come along after his San Siro exit and it helps that United wouldn’t have to pay a club a hefty fee to buy him out.

The Italian is reportedly open to joining United too as he is looking for a team that is good enough to challenge for trophies.

Zinedine Zidane

The former Real Madrid man is in the same position as Conte after leaving Real Madrid in the summer.

Zinedine Zidane’s four Champions Leagues with the Spanish says everything you need to know about the manager.He’s a winner through and through.

When he returned to Madrid for his second spell, they were in dire straights and somehow managed to turn them into title winners that very same season.

If United don’t want to wait until the end of the season, Zidane could be the answer as he could come in and give them an instant lift – this season isn’t a write-off yet.

Brendan Rodgers

If Man Utd are looking for a long-term candidate, Brendan Rodgers has to be seriously considered.

The Northern Irishman is thriving at Leicester as they continually punch above their weight.

The Foxes might have narrowly missed out on a top-four finish the previous two seasons, but the truth is they should never have been there in the first place.

But wherever Rodgers goes, he always builds a great team, it’s not about the individuals.

His sides play free-flowing football which is necessary at a top team like United, but he has proven that he can deliver silverware alongside that since he left Liverpool.

Rodgers helped Celtic go unbeaten in a full domestic season en route to a ‘Treble Treble’ before Leicester’s famous FA Cup victory over Chelsea last season.

Rodgers is extremely happy at the King Power Stadium but could have his head turned if United come calling.