Manchester United are gearing up for a busy summer. Not only will the club try to improve the team and finally sign a defensive midfielder, they must also hire a new manager.
Recent reports suggest Manchester United have four candidates lined up to replace Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag have been heavily linked with the job since the day Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked, but we now see names like Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui thrown into the mix.
United could name their next manager before the end of the season, but we are nowhere near that point yet with big decisions to make in the coming weeks and months.
According to Manchester Evening News, United are already preparing their recruitment strategy for the summer, with the club expecting to welcome at least four new arrivals.
They are long-term admirers of Declan Rice, who performed superbly at Old Trafford on Saturday, so we can expect to see United in the race to sign him.
That’s exciting news for the next manager who will be expected to build a title-winning side during his time at Old Trafford.
The report outlines that United accept the midfield is the ‘biggest problem’ in their squad, but they are also expected to be in the market for an attacking addition as Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata are due to leave at the end of their contracts in June.
Moreover, a defensive signing is also under consideration as Eric Bailly and Phil Jones could be transfer listed.
And, if Dean Henderson is allowed to leave then a back-up goalkeeper would be recruited, which tells you that Rangnick doesn’t really rate Tom Heaton. Lee Grant is also out of contract in the summer.