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Frontrunner for Man Utd job turns into clearer as club plot closing interviews

Ten Hag and Pochettino

Erik ten Hag is at present the main candidate to be offered the Manchester United job, based on reviews.

The Red Devils are within the strategy of discovering interim boss Ralf Rangnick’s alternative for when the German boss’ time in charge comes to an finish in the summer.

Based on The Telegraph, following an preliminary stage of interviews with the club, Ajax boss Ten Hag is at present main the race ahead of Mauricio Pochettino.

United chiefs have already held preliminary discussions with Ten Hag, Pochettino and a 3rd candidate and they’re all set for a second round of conversations before a call is made.

The report doesn’t identify who the third supervisor is however claims it’s neither Luis Enrique or Julen Lopetegui, who had beforehand been linked with the job.

Nevertheless, ahead of a second and closing round of interviews, Ten Hag is alleged to have the benefit over former Tottenham supervisor Pochettino.

Each managers now appear like reasonable choices with PSG open to letting Pochettino go given they failed of their pursuit for a maiden Champions League trophy once again, whereas Ajax gave permission for Ten Hag to talk to United.

epa09689220 Ajax coach Erik ten Hag during the Dutch Eredivisie soccer match between FC Utrecht and Ajax at Stadion Galgenwaard in Utrecht, Netherlands, 16 January 2022. EPA/MAURICE VAN STEEN
Erik ten Hag is the frontrunner for the job (Image: EPA)

In Pochettino, United have a manager they’ve watched progress over time who has confirmed Premier League expertise with Spurs and now manages a club of superstars with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at his disposal.

Ten Hag’s fashion of play and impressive work at Ajax are stated to appeal to United however with the vast majority of his coaching profession all being within the Eredivisie, the step as much as the Premier League could be a threat.

United legend Gary Neville not too long ago revealed he’s nonetheless a huge fan of Pochettino however feels his previous aspect are going to go for Ten Hag.

‘I feel Manchester United fans are demanding a fresh start, they’re demanding a fresh name,’ Neville mentioned. “They want one thing that’s fully totally different that they’ve not seen before.

‘That’s probably gone towards Pochettino in some methods. I feel I’ve obtained a tender spot for Pochettino due to the very fact I’ve seen him work close-hand.

‘I spent every week at Tottenham 5 – 6 years in the past when he was there, and it was unbelievable when it comes to the work he was doing, the teaching was unbelievable.

‘The massive factor for Pochettino, aside from the very fact he hasn’t gained a trophy, is that he hadn’t labored with star players, he hadn’t labored with large names. He’s now acquired that experience below his belt, so I believe he’s more rounded, I think he’s better prepared to return and take care of the large players Manchester United have gotten.

‘He’s extra suited to come back in and do what I feel he desires to do at a club like Manchester United with the scrutiny on him. I feel Pochettino is best-placed, nonetheless, due to what he’s executed at Southampton and Tottenham, he is aware of the Premier League, there’s no shock.

‘However you take a look at the burden of opinion towards Ten Hag, and it’s big, completely big. That’s one thing the membership can’t take into account as a result of they’ve obtained to be skilled and do their job diligently when it comes to their interviews, and get it over and executed rapidly. You possibly can’t begin an interview course of after which end it two months later, they’ve to complete this process fairly quickly.

‘They (United) do sway with the wind, and the wind’s blowing in the direction of Ten Hag, so I think they’ll go along with him.’

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