Man United have ‘five-man shortlist’ for next manager as John Murtough makes personal request

Manchester United have reportedly got five candidates they are considering to become their permanent manager in the summer.

Despite giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer full backing last year, United officials decided to cut ties with the club legend following a disastrous start to the campaign.

Antonio Conte was seen as the top target in the weeks before Solskjaer was sacked, but Tottenham swooped in to take the Italian head coach off the market.

With a lack of options available to come in immediately, United opted to hire Ralf Rangnick until the end of the season where the German boss will then move into a consultancy role.

But there could be a chance that Rangnick stays on as United boss beyond the summer.

According to ESPN, Rangnick is one of five candidates to take the job on a permanent basis.

Despite disappointing results against Newcastle, Wolves and Aston Villa, United have enjoyed an upturn in form under Rangnick.

They’re up into the Champions League places after back-to-back wins against Brentford and West Ham and face a favourable run of fixtures over the next two weeks.

His application to take the job beyond the summer will largely depend on where United finish this season and whether he can challenge for silverware in the FA Cup and Champions League.

But Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag are touted as two other targets United will consider this summer.

The other two candidates are not named, but Brendan Rodgers, Zinedine Zidane and Diego Simeone have all been linked to the Old Trafford job in recent months.

Whoever comes in will face a number of difficult decisions straight away on the playing squad.

Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Jesse Lingard are all out of contract in the summer while a host of others have seemingly grown frustrated at a lack of minutes.

United football director John Murtough has reportedly asked those considering a move away from Old Trafford to wait on making a final decision until the new manager is announced.

But convincing those set to be out of contract to wait could prove difficult as they can hold talks with clubs from abroad.

It is claimed that United have an offer on the table for Pogba, but the Frenchman is yet to make any decision on his next move.

Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial both secured loan moves away from United in the January window.

But the pair are set to return to Old Trafford in the summer with United’s hierarchy requesting them both to wait and discover whether the new manager wants them at the club.