Manchester United may have made progress in their search for a new manager but Ralf Rangnick’s replacement is currently set to inherit a problem Mikel Arteta is also facing at Arsenal
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Erik Ten Hag has appeared to be the front runner replace RAlfred Rangnick in what was the first sign of real progress in the The Red Devils’ pursuit of a new permanent manager. Conversations have focused mainly on the ajax the boss’s preferred formations, whether he has the necessary nous to navigate Manchester United back to the squadrons of First League or when Harry Maguire really is the player leading the Reds.
But an even bigger problem looms for United and their next manager, be it Ten Hag, Maurice Pochettino or anyone else for that matter. In fact, it is a topic that is currently being discontinued spoil Mikel Arteta’s pre-season preparations at arsenal.
And just like other potential problems with United’s current crop, it will only get worse the longer they go without a permanent manager before next season. The Reds and their new manager are currently facing the prospect of starting pre-season without a single natural, experienced striker.
Edinson Cavani is sure to leave the club for nothing when his contract expires at the start of the season. And if United end up outside the top 5, they may have to say goodbye too Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese general has essentially carried the club on his back since his surprise return earlier in the season. Ronaldo appears to have one foot in and one foot out of Old Trafford as the season currently peaks.
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While reports from the Spanish outlet AS Realizing that Ronaldo may be interested in fulfilling his full contract at Old Trafford, Ronaldo has already made it clear that a race for the top 4 will not satisfy his grand ambitions. “I don’t want to be here to be sixth or seventh or fifth. I’m here to try to win, to compete,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports News in early January.
Unfortunately for the former real Madrid and juventus Ace, United will be up to seven points behind fourth-placed Arsenal if Arteta’s side win their game in hand. Ronaldo’s love for United could persuade him to join the club for at least one more season, but his patience could dwindle with every week that United hasn’t appointed a new permanent boss.
Even if Ronaldo decides to follow Cavani out the doors of Old Trafford, United won’t be able to make a shortlist without a new manager being at least confirmed. Some managers prefer the so-called “traditional No9s” who can jostle with defenders and hold the ball up, while other coaches prefer more dynamic, nimble forwards who can pressurize opposing defenders and charge in the back.
Arteta is in the same situation as he is currently set to lose Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette on a free contract at the end of the season. That being said, Arteta and technical director Edu appear to have already put together a respectable list of potential strikers – United are still in the process of picking a new manager.
Arsenal’s allure is growing amid Arteta’s free-flowing football and sizable lead in the race for the top four – they are likely to be contenders for many of Europe’s best signings next season. United are slipping further and further back and their dangerous relegation will continue to diminish unless their current insecurity is addressed.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/man-utd-arsenal-mikel-arteta-26549082 Man Utd's next manager is facing the same problem as Arsenal's Mikel Arteta