Erik ten Hag reported to have won race against Mauricio Pochettino for Manchester United job and could be in charge for ‘at least the next five years’


Erik ten Hag is the reported favourite to become the next Manchester United boss, with the Dutchman understood to have beaten Mauricio Pochettino to the job.

The Red Devils are on the hunt for a permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with current boss Ralf Rangnick taking the role on a temporary basis.

And it appears Ten Hag will be the one who gets the job in the summer

The Sun reports Ajax boss Ten Hag has come out on top following exhaustive background checks by Man United on their possible targets.

It adds Ten Hag and former Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino were neck-and-neck in the race but they’ve chosen the former, who they see as someone who could be in charge for ‘at least the next five years.’

Man United have experienced a decline since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 and the club’s top brass will be hoping Ten Hag is the man who can take them back to the top.

It’s understood the club want to make an announcement before the end of the season to give the new boss a chance to hit the ground running ahead of a crucial summer of recruitment.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel emerged as a shock candidate for the position amid growing uncertainty at Stamford Bridge.

However, Tuchel made his stance clear when quizzed about the Man United reports as he distanced himself from the role.

It’s understood it was between Pochettino and Ten Hag for the job but the Dutchman may well have won the race

It’s understood it was between Pochettino and Ten Hag for the job but the Dutchman may well have won the race

Rangnick is understood to be part of the team looking to identify a new boss. The German is preparing to move into a consultative role at the end of the season.

It’s hoped the appointment of 52-year-old Ten Hag will attract top players but also keep some of those whose future is up in the air.

Ten Hag, who recently spoke of his frustration at Ajax’s policy of selling star players, is under contract in the Dutch capital until the end of next season.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League exit, which came as they collapsed to defeat at Real Madrid, may have former Tottenham head coach Pochettino’s chances of getting the Man United job.

talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy said after the match: “I think there will be a lot of Man United fans watching that thinking ‘maybe he isn’t quite the real deal, maybe he’s not that elite manager’.

“We Just saw [Real Madrid boss Carlo] Ancelotti do a number on him, Ancelotti has been around the block.”

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