Man Utd drop ‘ideal world’ manager as Pochettino, Ten Hag top four-man shortlist

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Manchester United have already given up on winning their first choice to replace Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.

The United hierarchy is currently undertake a “thorough process” to select their new managerwith several role-related high-level bosses.


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Carlo Ancelotti and Ralph Hasenhuttl have reportedly been on their shortlist, while uncertainty at Chelsea has led to speculation over Thomas Tuchel.

Corn sky sports point out that “the media do not speak reality” and United expect the new owners of Chelsea to make retaining Tuchel their priority at Stamford Bridge.

The board have reportedly narrowed down the names to four – Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag, Julen Lopetegui and Luis Enrique.

Several sources admit they would be ‘surprised if Pochettino or Ten Hag weren’t at the helm’.

Pochettino is seen as ‘the concrete choice’ to compete with the Premier League’s top sides given his performances against them on a tight budget at Tottenham.

And the club were not put off by their move to Paris Saint-Germain, “where the problem was not the manager as the successes of Carlo Ancelotti, Unai Emery and Tuchel proved after their departure”.

A source said sky sports that “in an ideal world, Julian Nagelsmann would join the club this summer”.

But United have seemingly accepted that despite their desire to manage in the Premier League they will not trade Bayern Munich until they can move to a “more stable option, ready to lift the silverware”.

It is said that he will probably wait for Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp to leave Man City or Liverpool.

United’s new permanent manager will come from the four-man shortlist unless “there is a massive change in circumstances and a top manager who fits the long-term leadership suddenly becomes available”.

They want a new manager in place ahead of the new season but suggestions that a pre-deal could be agreed by the end of this month are ‘overly optimistic’.

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