This week, Manchester United’s search for a new manager has gathered pace, and as the situation unfolds, some facts are becoming clearer and clearer. Four applicants are commonly shortlisted, and the position of each of them grew brighter over the course of the week. Here are the latest developments.
1. Erik ten Hag has been questioned and wants a job.
Ajax’s manager Erik ten Hag is clearly one of the best candidates for the job, with common reports from credible sources claiming he was interviewed by United on Monday about the job.
It is said that the interview went well and his level of English proficiency was judged adequate, and “United believe that the Ajax system, which leaves the team coach manager to be in charge of recruiting and other matters, would be appropriate for Ten Hague if designated , ‘ Times reports.
The fact that the interview took place clearly confirms that the Dutchman is interested in the job.
The Times also says that if the 51-year-old is called up, he would like to take his assistant at Ajax, Mitchell van der Gaag, and other back-office staff with him.
“He is also likely to bring in a Dutch coach who is linked to United,” says The Times, checking the names of Robin van Persie, Jaap Stam and Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The compensation Ajax owed would only be around £ 4 million.
2. Mauricio Pochettino’s candidacy depends on the manner in which his PSG contract is terminated.
The compensation owed to the second leader for this job, former Spurs Pochettino boss, is much more of a bone of contention.
After a disappointing season in which they have managed galacticos such as Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Poch may be facing an ax at PSG and Zinedine Zidane will frequently replace him.
However, how Telegraph Notes: “I understand that Pochettino – with just over 15 months left on his contract – and his employees would be entitled to a compensation package of between £ 15m and £ 20m if they were fired.”
On the other hand, if United hunt him down and PSG holds, United will pay compensation to the French club. So it seems that this thorny issue has led to a somewhat Mexican stalemate that could drag onto the summer.
United want to take action earlier – The Athletic’s David Ornstein says they want to announce it by the end of this month – so that could mean they are pushing ahead with Ten Hague and forgetting Pochettino.
It’s also possible that United might pretend to be close to signing The Hag to trick PSG into firing Pochettino early rather than waiting for them to come for him. This strategy may clear up some of the news leaked this week, including an interview with the Dutch.
3. Luis Enrique will probably not get the job.
While The Times says United also intends to interview Spain’s head coach, The Telegraph is rightly skeptical.
“As Enrique understands that he is involved in managing Spain during the Qatar World Cup finals in November and December, it’s hard to imagine how he might be able to take over at Old Trafford unless United agree to a seven-month job split or the temporary extension is extended. the position of Ralf Rangnick or another commission was introduced.
His level of English may also be a problem.
For these reasons, it seems very unlikely that the former Barcelona star next season will be sitting in the Old Trafford dugout.
4. Julen Lopetegui is the most realistic backup option.
The boss of Seville speaks little English and has an excellent pedigree. The only stain on his excellent notebook was his dismissal from Real Madrid, but some say he hid from nothing by following Zinedine Zidane without being a first choice and had no time to impose his philosophy (he was fired after only 138). days).
He has certainly accomplished too much with Sevilla, who are currently second in La Liga and have beaten United in that The Europa League final last season.
Whether he would be interested in the job is another question, but on paper it seems to fit much better than Enrique. According to fichajes.net via PainUnited are in the process of “making a proposal to him.”