Ajax coach Erik Ten Hag is now the main contender for Manchester United’s permanent coach post after the Red Devils reportedly dampened their interest in Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine had been United’s first choice to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when the Norwegian was sacked in November after a dismal start to the 2021-22 campaign.
Pochettino were initially keen to take the plunge but his current club PSG blocked United’s approach as Zinedine Zidane, who was their first-choice option to replace the former Tottenham boss, said he didn’t was not ready for a return to the canoe.
The Red Devils have now tried to lure Pochettino twice to Old Trafford, with Sir Alex Ferguson being a staunch admirer. Their hopes were also sparked by the fact that her family still lives in England.
However, a report in Temperature claim Pochettino is no longer the best option for United. Instead, they have now turned to Ajax chief Ten Hag to resume Ralf Rangnick this summer.
The Dutchman is widely regarded as one of the best managers in European football, having won two Eredivisie titles since taking office in December 2017.
His style of play is also a huge asset for United and would certainly appeal to fans.
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Ten Hag ready for a new test
Speaking in December, the 51-year-old also admitted he was up for a new challenge.
“I think I’m ready for this. I would be happy to take on this challenge, ”said Ten Hag.
“But I’m not chasing him. If it turns out that this step will never come, I won’t say my coaching career has failed.
“But I think I have enough skills to take on this challenge. “
United are expected to do so with interim manager Rangnick until the end of the season. This despite the fact that the German has already been criticized for the team’s failure to improve their performance since arriving.
The Red Devils have been dismal in their last outing, losing 1-0 at home to Wolves in a listless display.
They are next in action in the FA Cup, when United face Aston Villa on Monday night.
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