Word stemming from the media late on Thursday evening suggests that Manchester United have made first contact with a key managerial target ahead of the summer.
The tactician now being actively pursued by the Red Devils? Erik ten Hag.
The info comes courtesy of the reliable Jonathan Shrager, who confirms that Ajax’s boss ‘has been contacted’, presumably to gauge his interest in the prospect of an Old Trafford switch.
Ten Hag has been contacted by United to find out about his situation
— Jonathan Shrager (@JonathanShrager) March 3, 2022
Interestingly, news of those in a position of power on the red half of Manchester making a play for ten Hag comes fresh on the back of speculation just 24 hours ago that yet another tactician had been added to the list of candidates to take over from Ralf Rangnick ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
As per The Times’ Paul Hirst, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, despite swapping Everton for the Bernabeu just last summer, has emerged as a genuine option on the part of the Reds’ brass.
All of this, though, comes with Mauricio Pochettino still viewed as the widespread frontrunner to take his place on the bench at Old Trafford.
Carlo Ancelotti, the Real Madrid head coach, has emerged as a surprise candidate to become the next manager of Manchester United.
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) March 2, 2022
Derby day approaching
Turning attentions back towards the job at hand at United, Rangnick’s troops will of course have their attentions fully focused on matters this weekend, ahead of a crucial outing in the club’s pursuit of a Premier League top-4 berth.
A derby showdown with neighbours Manchester City lies in store, set to take place at the Etihad on Sunday evening.
Should the Red Devils ultimately slip to defeat, and Arsenal get the better of Watford, then the Gunners will leapfrog Rangnick and co. into the top-4, despite boasting a whopping three games in hand.
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