Manchester United shortlist 10 managers for future

After the 2023–24 season, Manchester United's new minority stakeholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe is said to have compiled a 10-man shortlist of possible successors for Erik ten Hag
Erik ten Hag calls for investment to ensure Manchester United remain competitive
Erik ten Hag calls for investment to ensure Manchester United remain competitive

(Football news) Manchester United defeated Championship team Coventry City on penalties in the competition’s semi-finals, and Ten Hag led his team to another FA Cup final on Sunday.

The Dutchman has been criticized even more for the way his team won, though, since Manchester United led the second-tier team 3-0 before having to play extra time, and Coventry then had a last-minute goal disallowed for offside that would have eliminated the 20-time English champions from the competition.

Manchester United’s league performance this season has also been disappointing, with the team sitting down in seventh spot in the table ahead of successive home matches with the bottom two Sheffield United and Burnley.

Ten Hag’s side are 16 points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa, albeit with two games in hand, and are now incredibly unlikely to play Champions League football next term.

Ratcliffe has put together a 10-man shortlist of potential replacements for Ten Hag, who is now expected to lose his job this summer.

The report claims that England head coach Gareth Southgate is the favourite, while ex-Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter is also admired by Ratcliffe and his INEOS team.

Thomas Tuchel is set to become available this summer, with the German leaving Bayern Munich, and it is understood that he is also being considered as Ten Hag’s replacement.

Zinedine Zidane, who has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid in 2021, is also allegedly in the frame alongside Brentford head coach Thomas Frank.

Another former Real Madrid manager in the shape of Julen Lopetegui, who left Wolverhampton Wanderers at the start of this season, is also being linked with the position.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s Roberto De Zerbi is allegedly on the list alongside Sporting Lisbon’s Ruben Amorim, while Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann is also admired.

Ange Postecoglou’s work at Tottenham Hotspur during the 2023-24 campaign has also reportedly put him in the frame for the position at Old Trafford this summer, but the current England manager is seen as the favourite.

Southgate will lead England into this summer’s European Championship, but there is uncertainty surrounding his long-term future with the Three Lions, as his contract is due to expire at the end of December.

The 53-year-old managed Middlesbrough for just one season, from 2006 to 2009, at which time he won 45, drew 43, and lost 63 of his 151 games.

In August 2013, Southgate took over as head coach of England’s Under-21 team. In September 2016, he advanced to the senior team, and he has since managed 93 games for the Three Lions.

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