• Manchester United will be temporarily managed by Michael Carrick
  • Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly identifies his new bet to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Solskjaer has bid farewell to his former club

Manchester United’s search for a new long-term manager has officially begun.

This season has been tough for Manchester United, and it ultimately ended with what many have been predicting it to be—the firing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils will be temporarily handled by caretaker manager Michael Carrick, possibly when the club faces Villarreal and Chelsea this weekend.

As it stands, Manchester United is already working on finding the perfect long-term replacement manager.

A wide array of renowned coaches are now in the conversation, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s most recent bet is Spain national team boss Luis Enrique, according to Sky Sports’ Rob Dorsett.

According to Dorsett, he was “told” that Ronaldo “is keen” on having Enrique at Manchester United.

However, he also revealed that along with Enrique, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and Ajax boss Erik ten Hag are also “likely to be considered.”

Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino and Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers, meanwhile, are considered by the club as “long shots” at this point.

Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique is attempting to replicate Pep Guardiola's achievement of guiding Barcelona to the treble in his first season in charge. Reuters

Among the aforementioned coaches, an earlier report said that Ronaldo has been fancying reuniting with his former Los Blancos mentor Zidane.

The report noted that Zidane is not interested in taking over Manchester United as he is still enjoying his retirement.

More recent reports bared that the French legend already had a change of mind and is now open to replacing Solskjaer.

However, his wife Veronique doesn’t like the idea of living in Manchester.

As for Solskjaer, who ended his time with the Red Devils without a single trophy to his name, he is not ruling out the idea of managing a club again.

“If you want me pitchside with you, I’m there,” Solskjaer said in his first interview after receiving the pink slip. “I’m very happy and proud with what I’ve done with the good friends I’ve made, and I wish all the best to everyone.”

After all said and done, the 48-year-old is happy and has vowed to remain a Manchester United fan.

“It’s been a ball,” he stated. “Let’s keep supporting this team, you’ve got to stick with them. They’ve (the fans) been amazing with me since one of my first kicks on the ball, I scored with one of the first ones, until now. And I’m sure we’ll meet again because if there’s anywhere, I’m going to watch football games, that’s from Old Trafford.”

Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday
Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday AFP / Ian KINGTON