Manchester United could settle on their choice for their next permanent manager before the season ends, with Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag firmly in the frame to get the job.
According to the Manchester Evening News, United could secure an agreement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s full-time successor well in advance of the summer transfer window. Anything less and the club will be criticised, surely?
Samuel Luckhurst’s report includes the following line: “A source familiar with the process says United believe ‘the sooner, the better’ a manager is appointed, with the club mindful of Tottenham’s farcical efforts to replace Jose Mourinho last summer. The United football director John Murtough is believed to be heading up the process, with Ralf Rangnick also involved before he starts his consultancy role on July 1.”
Appointing an interim manager gave the board more time to discuss the next full-time manager, so they can have no excuses for not getting a deal sorted in time for the summer transfer window.
Whether it’s Erik ten Hag or Mauricio Pochettino, the club should seek reports from whoever is next in line to get their opinions on the current squad — and what midfielders could come in to make a difference.
Going into the transfer market without a manager in place would be setting the next man up for failure, which is something that became a habit under Ed Woodward’s ill-advised guidance.
The report states that United could appoint their next manager before the season ends, but that seems unlikely with Rangnick taking charge for the remainder of the campaign. We also want to see Pochettino win a league title in France before coming to Old Trafford and that didn’t happen last term.
Let us know in the comments who you want to become the next manager at United?