Manchester United has reportedly stepped up their efforts to replace Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.
Rangnick has appointed as interim boss following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s back in November and will be moving into a consultancy role once the current campaign ends.
The Red Devils are on the lookout for a new manager for replacing Rangnick, and according to The Athletic, have shortlisted Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag, Luis Enrique, and Julen Lopetegui for the job.
The report adds that while United is looking for their next manager to tick several boxes, one of the most important factors will be the experience of working with major European clubs.
Pochettino, who previously managed Tottenham in the Premier League, is currently in charge at Paris Saint-Germain. Ten Hag has won two league and cup doubles with Ajax, while Luis Enrique won the Champions League with Barcelona.
Lopetegui has managed the likes of Porto, the Spanish national team, Real Madrid, and Sevilla. However, Poch is the only one with prior Premier League experience.
United moved up to fourth on the league table after beating West Ham 1-0 over the weekend. Also, competing for silverware in the FA Cup and Champions League, where they will face Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 next month.
According to The Athletic, United is keen to appoint one of Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag, Luis Enrique, and Julen Lopetegui as the club’s new permanent manager.
Former Tottenham boss Pochettino has been heavily linked with the job on more than one occasion and has drawn high praise from Sir Alex Ferguson in the past too.
What Ferguson Has Said:
“Well, the manager has been fantastic,” Ferguson admitted, speaking back in April 2016 when the Argentine was at Spurs. “They have a bad record of managers, there is no doubt about that.
“They have had so many over the years, but this lad has composure. You never see him ruffled and the way his team plays is a testimony to the work he is doing.”
At around the same time, Ferguson has spotted having a lunchtime meeting with Pochettino.
Pochettino has been linked with a return to the Premier League on several occasions since being appointed manager of Paris-Saint Germain, including with United and Spurs.
Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag has also had his name mentioned in connection with both clubs and has suggested he would be willing to leave the Dutch champions if the right opportunity came along.