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Manchester United looking set for Erik ten Hag appointment after new developments



Manchester United are, at the current moment in time, weighing up their options when it comes to their next permanent manager.

And recent developments involving Carlo Ancelotti and Mauricio Pochettino suggest Erik ten Hag will end up being the chosen one.

Though the Glazers and the rest of the club’s hierarchy won’t make decisions based on two results, it does raise doubts over their credentials for the position.

Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back in November, with Rangnick then coming in as his interim replacement.

Yet the Red Devils have continued to endure a difficult campaign in the short time since, with their season all but over with two months left to go.

Since Rangnick took charge, United have exited the FA Cup and Champions League.

They won’t be winning the Premier League title this term, while they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham back in September.

United are now exploring their options when it comes to permanent successors to Rangnick, who is due to become a consultant.

And all signs currently point to them going for Ten Hag.

There are several reasons for that. Ten Hag, according to reports, is the chosen one of Rangnick ahead of his change of role.

He’s done a splendid job at Ajax over the last half a decade, re-awakening a sleeping giant and getting them punching above their weight.

But developments regarding Pochettino and Ancelotti suggest they won’t be put in charge of the team because it would risk a big backlash behind the scenes.

On social media, Ten Hag appears to have the backing of the majority of supporters.

And that’s because he’s today’s man. With Ajax soaring domestically, and doing well in the Champions League prior to their exit to Benfica, he’s very much an established modern day manager.

Pochettino should have been hired in December 2018, when Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties.

Yet he’s struggled during his year-and-a-half in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, failing to get the best from his players.

PSG are walking Ligue 1 but they failed to win the title last term, finishing second to Rennes.

With players like Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar, they should certainly be achieving more.

PSG have also failed to kick on in the Champions League under Pochettino, recently exiting the competition to Real Madrid.

That’s despite the French titans, at one point, being 2-0 up on aggregate.

Pochettino hasn’t enhanced his reputation over in Paris and United, having hired Mourinho and Louis van Gaal far too late, will be mindful of making the same mistake.

Likewise with Ancelotti, too.

Real Madrid, like PSG, are doing well on the domestic front – with the La Liga title currently theirs to lose.

However, Sunday’s 4-0 battering to Barcelona at the Bernabeu has seen him slaughtered by the footballing community.

Ancelotti was hired by Real to replace Zinedine Zidane because there was a lack of alternative options available back in the summer.

And with Real still failing to entirely convince, the Italian’s second stint in Spain hasn’t been the success many have been hoping for.

Ancelotti is reportedly on United’s shortlist after a recommendation from Sir Alex Ferguson.

But, like Pochettino, he could be the wrong appointment at the wrong time.

Though Ajax’s Champions League exit to Benfica was a blow, Ten Hag has still proven he’s one of the world’s most-promising managers during his time in the Netherlands.

He’s not stained by crushing recent defeats and fans would be more receptive to his appointment than anybody else.

Whether he is the right man for the job, however, remains to be seen.

The United job has become a poisoned chalice in recent years and it will take a truly world-class manager to turn their current situation around.

As stated above, they won’t rush into decisions on the back of just a few bad results elsewhere.

Yet Pochettino and Ancelotti appear to have lost some of their sparkle, despite their teams being in pole position to win their respective titles, and their appointments would be gambles given the way many supporters feel.

After all, the last thing the Glazers need is another backlash.


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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