Man Utd news: Erik ten Hag handed lifeline as INEOS left ‘angry’ ahead of FA Cup final | Soccer | Sport

Man Utd news: Erik ten Hag handed lifeline as INEOS left ‘angry’ ahead of FA Cup final |  Soccer |  Sport

Manchester United have reportedly been angered by suggestions they met with candidates to replace Erik ten Hag in the run-up to the FA Cup final. INEOS, the club’s new co-owners, are said to be considering keeping Ten Hag in charge for two reasons ahead of the summer transfer window.

United have a chance to salvage something from a dismal second season under the Dutchman when they face Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

A surprise victory would give him a second major trophy in as many years of Ten Hag’s reign and make it increasingly difficult to see him off in the coming weeks.

He is under increasing pressure after overseeing United’s worst Premier League and Champions League campaigns in decades.

And reports on Thursday claimed Omar Berrada, who officially starts as chief executive on July 13, and manager Jason Wilcox held talks with Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna earlier this month.

McKenna is among the favorites to become United boss if Ten Hag is given his marching orders after Saturday’s final.

However, the Red Devils would have vehemently denied that any meetings had been held with potential coaching candidates.

According to HITC, while club bosses have been doing their own due diligence and background checks, they are angered by such claims.

McKenna’s agents are said to have let Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea and United know that he is ready to leave Ipswich after sealing back-to-back promotions to the Premier League.

The 38-year-old is admired at Old Trafford. He spent five years as under-18 coach and assistant to José Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before leaving for Portman Road in 2021.

However, United are claimed to have some reservations about bringing him back as manager less than three years after his departure.

The report adds that there is also a reluctance to sack Ten Hag due to the major recruitment drive needed this summer.

United are considering at least four signings, as well as a massive sell-off, and it is believed that keeping Ten Hag will allow them to focus on the transfer window.

That said, HITC claim there is a shortlist of candidates if, after a likely season review next week, United decide to make a change in the dugout.

Gareth Southgate, Graham Potter and Thomas Frank are said to join McKenna in having admirers in M16.

Meanwhile, Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Tuchel and Hansi Flick have also been presented as possible options.