Paper Talk: Joel Glazer draws up three-man shortlist in case Man Utd sack Solskjaer

Avram Glazer and Joel Glazer Manchester United owners

Manchester United already have a shortlist of three names in case they sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ilkay Gundogan has a new role at Manchester City, while Thursday’s transfer gossip claims an Everton star is irritating for a move to PSG.


Manchester United owners, the Glazer family, have reportedly drawn up a three-man shortlist to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian boss is firmly under the spotlight once again after some questionable decisions on Tuesday night. That’s after the Red Devils got their Champions League group stage campaign off to the worst possible start, losing 2-1 to Young Boys. Despite taking the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo, Aaron Wan-Bissaka then saw red.

The loss of a man subsequently changed the game, with the Swiss side equalising after 66 minutes. A bad mistake from Jesse Lingard then enabled the Swiss side to grab a last-ditch winner.

That led to one pundit suggesting the ‘utterly clueless’ United boss will be replaced by this world-class coach.

Now the Daily Mirror claims United’s chief decision-maker, Joel Glazer, is considering three candidates.

As per their article, top of their wish-list is former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

The Italian remains out of work having departed Inter Milan over the summer. And he remains highly regarded by the Glazers following title triumphs in both Italy and England.

Another big name who remains out of work is Zinedine Zidane, having left Real Madrid over the summer.

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The France legend led Real to three LaLiga titles in a row, but left last season after a trophyless campaign.

And finally, the Glazers are reportedly huge fans of Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers. Having led the Foxes to successive fifth-place finishes, they also won the FA Cup last season.

The appointment of the Ulsterman, however, would be controversial given his long-standing association with rivals Liverpool.


Richarlison PSG Everton

Everton star Richarlison has done nothing to dispel rumours linking him with PSG after posting a tweet praising Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. (Daily Star)

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius reportedly turned down an exit from Anfield this summer in order to keep his ‘large wages‘. (Daily Star)

Former Arsenal midfielder David Hillier says Jack Wilshere will not be returning to Arsenal as a player despite rumours hinting at a move. (Daily Star)

Bleating sheep have caused Cristiano Ronaldo and his family to switch mansions after the farm animals kept waking them up. (The Sun)

Tottenham chief Daniel Levy is unwilling to bend to Harry Kane’s demands over a new contract. (Daily Express)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gives a glowing reference to Emma Raducanu


Bruno Fernandes, Man Utd training top

Bruno Fernandes is to sign a new five-year Manchester United deal worth more than £250,000-a-week. (The Sun)

Antonio Conte is keeping tabs on the Manchester United job as he eyes a sensational return to the Premier League. The news is sure to please Jason Cundy. (The Sun)

Romelu Lukaku is on the receiving end of criticism from Diego Milito for making false promises to the club’s fans before his exit. (The Sun)

Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis is ready to reveal plans for a new European league worth £8.5billion. (The Sun)

Antonio Rudiger’s talks over a new and improved contract at Chelsea beyond the end of the season have stalled, raising the prospect that he could sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January. (The Times)


Ilkay Gundogan Champions League final Man City TEAMtalk

Ilkay Gundogan is Manchester City’s new vice-captain following a vote by Pep Guardiola’s players and backroom staff this week. The verdict demotes Kevin de Bruyne. (Daily Telegraph)

Chris Hughton is to leave his job as Nottingham Forest manager after a seventh Championship defeat of the season. (Daily Telegraph)

Plans to ban those who refuse to be vaccinated against coronavirus from attending football matches and other major sporting events were on Wednesday branded “disgraceful”. (Daily Telegraph)

Heung-Min Son and Eric Dier are hoping to be fit for Tottenham in their clash against Chelsea on Sunday. (Daily Mail)

Derby County are to be handed a 12-point penalty after a breakthrough in talks with the EFL. (Daily Mail)

The first adult football match with heading restrictions will take place later this month. Researchers are trying to discover whether the game can function without it and reduce the risk of dementia. (Daily Mail)


Diego Maradona will be the subject of a global documentary on his time at Napoli. The film will be in the style of ‘The Last Dance’ Netflix series on basketball great Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. (Daily Mail)

Chris Wilder wants the Nottingham Forest job with Chris Hughton likely to leave the City Ground. (Daily Mirror)

Carlton Palmer selected himself on the Grantham subs bench on Tuesday night at the age of 55. (Daily Mirror)

Bernd Leno appeared visibly frustrated during Arsenal training on Wednesday as the Gunners prepare for Saturday’s Premier League clash at Burnley. (Daily Mirror)

Manuel Pellegrini reckons Joe Hart is the perfect man to take on the Celtic armband Thursday night. (The Scottish Sun)

Robbie Brady will not be joining Swansea City confirms manager Russell Martin. The Irishman remains a free agent after summer links to Celtic. (Daily Record)