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2 Managers that could replace Paul Cook at Wigan Athletic

This weekend saw Wigan lose 3-0 to Brentford. Fans are now getting increasingly frustrated with Paul Cook and their team’s performances.

While most fans are wanting to see change, most still actually like Cook. He’s done a lot for Wigan over the years and fans won’t disregard that.

However, the excuses he keeps making for the losses and poor performances are really getting to fans.

One week he will blame the Championship itself and say the league is too hard. Another he may blame the players.

If he is to be replaced soon, the question right now is who will replace him? There are a few options like Sam Allardyce that would be sensible, but as a Bolton fan, I’d hate to see that.

Here’s two who would be great options…

Chris Hughton

The 60-year-old certainly has experience when it comes to management. He has had many successful jobs at Tottenham, Newcastle, Brighton and Birmingham to name a few.

He has played and managed at different levels. Furthermore, Hughton has 2 Championship promotions, a play-off place and stabilizing Norwich City and Brighton in the Premier League.

David Moyes

Possibly most remembered for his time at Everton, Moyes could be a perfect replacement. Experience at Preston, Sunderland, Man United and West Ham could also help.

He has been out of a job since he left West Ham last year. Could Wigan be his next task? It certainly wouldn’t be a bad move in his career as he seems to thrive in tough situations.

Is Solskjaer’s clear young & British transfer plan the way to rebuild Man Utd?

First Daniel James, now Manchester United are linked to the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Sean Longstaff, David Brooks and many more young, British talents.

Manchester United already have a very British team, featuring the likes of Rashford, Lingard, McTominay, Young, Shaw, Smalling, Jones and youth players such as Greenwood, Garner, Gomes amongst many others.

However, the majority of Solskjaer’s realistic targets have been young British talents, one of which has already signed; Daniel James, who was highly recommended by the Welsh coach and United legend Ryan Giggs.

Manchester United, since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, has been performing way below the standards in which the fans all expect. The dignity, culture and overall morality of the club have plummeted the Red Devil’s, from the top of English and European football to being a team who would be grateful to finish in fourth place.

Man Utd has tried everything so far. David Moyes, a proven Premier League manager recommended by Sir Alex Ferguson. They then moved on to Louis Van Gaal, the ex-Barcelona manager who is European proven. And most recently before Solskjaer, Jose Mourinho; arguably the best manager in the world, if not at least in the top three.

Finally, United have opted for the last realistic option that can bring success back to the club by permanently signing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club legend who is adored by fans worldwide.

Solskjaer is keen on bringing the old United culture back into the squad, with Daniel James; a young Welshman who is direct and can be pivotal in the old-school Manchester United counter-attacking system. More recently, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, a young, English professional who’s defensive statistics set him apart from the rest of the Premier League full-backs.

Let’s compare Solskjaer’s ideal Man Utd to the Man Utd we all know and love from days gone by…

Daniel James

Fast, direct and able to pick out a pass. He has more in common with Ryan Giggs other than being a Welsh national player.

Scott McTominay

A manager’s favourite. His willingness to improve for himself, his fans, and his teammates is similar to that of Roy Keane. However, his playing style of being a strong, tactically-aware and a dominant presence in midfield is similar to that of Michael Carrick, a man who dictated the red’s midfield for many, many years.


A defensive master with the ability to play the ball on the floor, much alike to one Mr Gary Neville.

Harry Maguire

An aerial master who possesses the passing ability of Rio Ferdinand and the last-ditch, game-saving tackles of Nemanja Vidic.

Mason Greenwood

A youth player who the world’s eyes are on. Amongst the pressure of being one of the most sought after teenagers, he provides quality goals and assists for his team on a weekly basis. Wayne Rooney?

Luke Shaw

Solskjaer has publicly stated that he wants to see Shaw overlap his winger and get in behind the defence, as he did with his goal against Leicester on the first game of the 18/19 season. If he can adapt this into his game, he could prove to be the next Patrice Evra, he may even get given the number 3 shirt should Eric Bailly move on from United.

It is clear by transfer rumours that being British and Premier League proven is the criteria for Solskjaer.

However, the Premier League has evolved since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson was managing and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was playing, and this sort of system may be outdated. On the other hand, Solskjaer may believe that Sir Alex Ferguson had concocted an indisputably winning Premier League formula and is looking to replicate it.

A full season under Solskjaer will tell whether this rebuild will be successful, and if it isn’t, Manchester United have to look at their board.

Manchester United fans will hope that this is the turn around for their beloved club, but in the midst of much anger and frustration in the United camp, you may expect to see me next year talking of another rebuild that could bring Manchester United back to the top half of the table in the 20/21 season.

FLOPS: Three Man United Star Footballers That Have Struggled To Make The Grade at Old Trafford

So it seems that the Alexis Sanchez saga may be finally coming to a close in the summer, with the Chilean again failing to impress against Huddersfield Town.

It’s a real head scratcher as to why Sanchez hasn’t made the grade at United, at Barcelona, he was immense and was a lynchpin in Pep Guardiola’s team. After he switched to Arsenal, he impressed once again, however near the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign he started to show glimpses of what we see now at Old Trafford.

Since joining United in a piano playing video, its sadly been the most creative the Red Devils have seen him. Having seen him hit the back of the net only five times in his 44 appearances for the Red Devils, comparing that to his 47 goals in 144 games at Barca, or 80 goals in 166 games at Arsenal. It really does baffle most fans and pundits alike as to what is the problem.

Coming with such a big reputation, Sanchez wouldn’t be the first player to enter the Old Trafford doors and simply not perform as expected, we look at three players that have ‘Sanchezed’ at Man United…

Juan Sebastian Veron

The Argentine midfielder joined United in 2001 for a then English transfer record 24.3m. After his time at Lazio, United fans were expecting a completely different Veron to the one they saw on the pitch over his time there.

He excelled in the slower paced Champions League but seemed to struggle in the fast-paced English game. Me personally, I loved Veron and wanted him to succeed but many factors played a part as to why United offloaded him to Chelsea for 15m two seasons later.

Wilfried Zaha

The Crystal Palace man was Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing and one that made a lot of United fans excited. Finally, a winger with tricks and pace in his locker, to light up the Old Trafford stands.

He made his 10m move in the winter window of 2013 and was immediately loaned back to Palace, never having the opportunity to work under Fergie – which lives many wondering what if.

He never really got the chance under David Moyes and was loaned out to Cardiff in 2014. Eventually heading back to Palace, first on loan and then making it permanent.

Angel Di Maria

Louis Van Gaal brought in the Argentine winger from Real Madrid for a then-record fee of 59.7m. Hysteria duly followed given what he had done at Los Blancos, however, LVG’s structure and strict style contrasted Di Maria’s creativity and free roaming.

Di Maria ended up warming the bench for large parts of the only campaign at Old Trafford and ended up at PSG the following summer. His one and only season was less than memorable and a single highlight goal against Leicester is the only decent thing United fans want to remember.

Three Players That Ole Will Hope To Light Up Old Trafford Tonight

Man United face the mighty Barcelona in the Red Devils first quarter-final since 2014, when they were dumped out by Bayern Munich under David Moyes and only the second since 2011.

United haven’t fared well in the Champions League, after a purple patch of reaching the final three times in four years. Coincidentally losing two of those finals against tonight’s opponents Barcelona. At that time the Catalan outfit were THE team in Europe under Pep Guardiola, as they changed the footballing landscape with their brand of tiki-taka style.

Barca added to their Champions League tally last in 2015, beating Juventus 3-1 in the final.

The Red Devils have only beaten Barcelona once in the Champions League era, in that memorable Paul Scholes 1-0 win back in 2008. Barca have won three times, with the teams drawing on four occasions including back-to-back 3-3 draws.

If United are to get themselves a leg up to take to the Camp Nou, we’ve identified three players that need to be on their game tonight…

Paul Pogba

The Frenchman’s performances have tailed off lately and after an impressive start under Ole. However, Pogba is more than capable of changing the momentum of the game.

He can go missing in the big games, but tonight Solskjaer will be hoping for Pogba to bring his A-game and control, what will be a fascination midfield battle.

Chris Smalling

Smalling seems to be one of Ole’s first choices in the defence. Smalling can make United fans nervous at times, and often looks like bambi on ice. However, when he wants to, he can defend with the best of them but it’s that inconsistency within games that United fans can’t put there full faith and confidence in the English defender.

Anthony Martial

The Frenchman can light up the stands at times. His goalscoring form has certainly taken an upward trajectory this season, there was point in the season he was simply undroppable.

Unfortunately, injury derailed this and he’s struggled to re-find his groove. Martial can get Old Trafford up on their feet, and set the tone for the evening.