Man Utd ‘have the same concern’ over three different candidates in ongoing manager hunt

The Red Devils hierarchy shares similar issues with three of the bosses currently on their potential manager shortlist as Ralf Rangnick’s interim reign nears its end

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Manchester United should have identified themselves ajax boss Eric ten Hag as their ideal candidate for the vacant senior position, with three other names on the shortlist still having concerns.

Paris St Germain Manager Maurice Pochettino, National Team of Spain boss Luis Enrique and Seville boss Julen Lopetegui All also boast admirers of the United board, but some fear the aforementioned trio would rather plan their rebuild around transfers than a change in playing style. This is in stark contrast to Ten Hag, who is famous in Amsterdam for his progressive style.

The Dutchman was reportedly interviewed by United officials earlier last week and was impressed with his plans for the club when he’s at the helm. Since his appointment to Ajax, Ten Hag has won two Eredivisie titles alongside two other Dutch FA Cups.

According to the Times, United are clear on their stance that a change in playing style should be prioritized at the next appointment and Ten Hag is welcome for that reason. That being said, none of Pochettino, Enrique or Lopetegui are left out yet.

Pochettino will likely still be in touch with those overseeing the appointments process at the club but a recent slump in form for PSG has come at a bad time for his chances. The French team dropped out of the Champions League through real Madrid earlier this month.

Enrique’s credentials speak for themselves as the 51-year-old has overseen an incredibly successful period in FC Barcelona’s recent history, including winning the Champions League in 2015. He has also taken charge of Real Betis and Roma.

Erik ten Hag’s plans to rebuild Man Utd have been well received by club officials


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Lopetegui hasn’t fared quite as well in recent years, having left his post as Spain head coach after two years to manage Real Madrid. He was subsequently sacked by Los Blancos less than five months after his appointment to the Santiago Bernabeu.

There has been some speculation as to whether current Chelsea Boss Thomas Tuchel could make a surprise move to Old Trafford following Roman Abramovich’s sanctions, but even United’s most optimistic officials concede a deal with the German is unlikely.

Rangnick’s tenure as interim chief executive will end at the end of the current season before the German is expected to transition to a two-year adviser role in United’s boardroom. It’s unclear if he will have a say in who will be replaced at Old Trafford.

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