Man Utd facing ‘stiff competition’ for Erik ten Hag as manager hunt intensifies

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Erik ten Ha is a favorite to succeed Manchester United boss, but there may be competition from Ajax bosses with other suits interested in taking over the Dutch coach.

According to reports, Manchester United may not have everything they want if Erik Ten Hag is chosen to join them this summer.

Red Devils are looking for a new boss after Ralf Rangnick’s season ends. Ten Hag, who is currently at Ajax, has been identified as the favourite for the job. United could target Ten Hag, but they will likely have competition. The Times.

Ajax has been dominated domestically by the Dutchman, while he led them to the final four Champions League games in 2019. Germany has seen Ten Hag’s remarkable work and is interested in hiring him. The 52-year old is also being considered by other clubs in Europe.

Ten Hag was previously a member of Bayern Munich’s “B” side. He led them while Pep Guardiola worked at the Allianz Arena. Julian Nagelsmann was recently hired by the Bavarians, so any Bundesliga interest from them is unlikely.

Ajax will try to convince the Dutchman to stay in Amsterdam, where his contract has another year. Ten Hag was reportedly impressed by United’s talks last week, even though the club stated that he was only one of four men being considered.

Louis van Gaal was the former United boss and was fired in 2016. Ten Hag was advised by him to not accept the job because of the commercial nature the club. He said: “Erik ten Hag is a great coach and that is always good for Manchester United. But Manchester United are a commercial club, so it’s a difficult choice for a coach. He would be better off joining a football club.”

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Pochettino has previously been linked with the post back when he was in charge at Tottenham, but the club opted to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after an impressive interim spell. His tenure at PSG has not gone to plan and he recently saw the Parisians get knocked out of the Champions League.

His time in Paris may come to a mutual end this summer, which would free him up to move to Manchester. Spain boss Luis Enrique is another man being considered, but he is tied up with the Spanish national side and has ruled out taking over this summer. He said: “Spain has promised me that I would be there with Spain, and it is the World Cup that I am most excited about. Later, we’ll see.”

His compatriot Julen Lopetegui, who has been in charge at Sevilla for the past two seasons, has too poured water on speculation linking him with the Old Trafford hotseat. He said: “I’m where I want to go. Keep your seat on the Sevilla bench for next season. I have no doubt.”

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