Managerial careers of 8 former Man Utd stars as Heinze is sacked by Atlanta

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Gabriel Heinze is the latest in a long list of former Manchester United stars who have lost their jobs in management following the end of the professional playing days.

The former Argentina defender, who won the Premier League title with the Red Devils back in 2006/07, joined Atlanta United in December after spells with Godoy Cruz, Argentinos Juniors and Velez Sarsfield.

However, after just 13 games in charge, the 43-year-old has been dismissed after overseeing only two wins during that period and leaving them 10th in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta said in a statement that "a variety of issues relating to the day-to-day leadership of the team" were the reasons for the change, in a situation that would disappoint his former boss Sir Alex.

Daily Star Sport have now taken a look at six other former United stars that have made their way into management, many of which have been dismissed and even stayed away from a return to the dug-out.

Laurent Blanc

Back in the early 2000s, Laurent Blanc spent the final two years of his playing career at Old Trafford.

Following retirement, he went on to be a very successful manager in his own right, talking the France national side to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 after winning a double with Bordeaux.

More recently, he had been out of the dugout since he won eight trophies with PSG between 2013 and 2016, but linked up with Al-Rayyan in Qatar last year.

Gary Neville

Gary Neville had one spell as a manager since leaving United, and it was a pretty disastrous period with Valencia between 2015 and 2016 during which he was dismissed.

Although he left with 10 wins and 11 defeats, their poor league return left the position untenable, with his lowest moment coming as they lost 7-0 to Barcelona.

The Sky Sports pundit has since insisted that he will never manage again.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney joined Derby County from DC United as a player/coach last year, and many predicted that he would end up replacing Phillip Cocu in the dug-out – which he did last November.

After joining an initial four-man coaching team, the club lost just two of their next eight fixtures, but only survived on the final day thanks to a draw against Sheffield Wednesday after six consecutive losses.

Rooney has high hopes for the club this season despite their financial worries, and watched his side lose 2-1 to former side United in a pre-season friendly at the weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was brought in to steady the ship at United following the departure of Jose Mourinho, and he did just that before being named permanent boss.

Despite improvement across the board, the Norwegian has watched his side fail in several semi-finals, and the final of the Europa League back in May.

This season, the pressure is on to win silverware – with Jadon Sancho set to join and the club in talks with Real Madrid for Raphael Varane.

Paul Ince

Paul Ince played 281 times for United between 1989 and 1995, and has had six jobs in management.

Spells at Macclesfield Town and a League Two title with MK Dons earned a move to Blackburn Rovers, but Ince has decided to stay away from a top job since leaving Blackpool back in 2014.

Last year, Ince warned how 'Premier League stars like Raheem Sterling would be reluctant to go into coaching due to diversity and race issues in football management'.

Roy Keane

Roy Keane had a famous falling out with Sir Alex in 2003 when he left United after 12 years, and has struggled to make his mark in the dug-out after transitioning from a player to manager.

After winning promotion with Sunderland in 2007, he left two years later before a difficult spell with Ipswich. Assistant jobs have followed with Ireland, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

Keane has since be praised for his punditry on both Sky Sports and ITV.

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes was in charge of Oldham Athletic for only five games after a disagreement with the chairman, and was recently placed in the caretaker role at Salford City.

He won two of his five games in charge, losing twice and drawing once.

Scholes is now back in his role as part owner, and is yet to make another move into management.

Phil Neville

Part of the famous Class of 92, Phil Neville is now in his second managerial role with Inter Miami after parting ways with England Women.

After a fine start to life in his first role including fourth place at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, results had not been so positive of late, with Sarina Wiegman chosen to take over.

The former Everton skipper has not had a great start, losing seven of their first 11 games and sitting bottom of the Eastern conference with eight points.

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