Manchester United draws up a list of four candidates to replace Erik ten Hag

Manchester United draws up a list of four candidates to replace Erik ten Hag

Media suggest that the FA Cup final will be Erik ten Hag’s last game as Manchester United manager.

Aided by headline-hungry hackers and agencies representing managers seeking the top job in football, the story has spread rapidly now that the Premier League season has concluded.

Ten Hag has yet to take his team to the FA Cup final for a second time, hoping to win his second trophy as United manager. Last season, the Dutchman ended the club’s six-year drought by beating Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.

A report this afternoon suggested that United have already started talks with representatives of Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna.

New claims suggest McKenna is actually one of four names on United’s managerial shortlist if the club decides to part ways with Ten Hag.

The Times claims that McKenna is joined by Mauricio Pochettino, the recently deceased Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel and Brentford manager Thomas Frank.

It was noted that United will accelerate their contingency plans for Ten Hag’s departure amid Chelsea’s own search for a new manager.

Of the four managers listed by The Times, I’d say Frank is the least exciting, not that I’d be jumping to any of them ahead of Ten Hag at the moment. The Brentford boss described links with United as “flattering” and was asked ahead of one of The Bees’ final league games of the season.

As much as I rate McKenna and understand that he is highly regarded at United, it may be a good idea to see how he fares in the Premier League before making such an appointment. But who am I to question a young manager who has led Ipswich Town back to the Premier League after consecutive promotions?

Our job as fans is to support the manager and players ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final.

It feels like a waste of time discussing four-man rosters when we already have a coach on the bench.

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