United to begin process of appointing next manager in coming weeks

Manchester United are set to step up the search for the club’s next permanent manager in the coming weeks.

Interim boss Ralf Rangnick will remain in the dugout until the end of the season before moving upstairs and taking up a two-year consultancy role.

With Arsenal and Tottenham both failing to win yesterday, United went into the winter break sat in fourth place after Marcus Rashford’s last-gasp winner against West Ham saw us leapfrog the Hammers.

The German will be hoping the back-to-back wins against Brentford and West Ham prove to be the springboard and catalyst for United kicking on as the season enters its crucial phase.

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Following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, the Reds had Michael Carrick undertake a three-game spell in charge before Rangnick arrived.

Despite the 63-year-old saying in his first interview that he might recommend himself for the permanent position, the club fully intend to have someone else in charge for the 2022-23 campaign.

According to the Athletic, Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag, Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui will all be considered.

As well as taking into consideration other factors, United are thought to be focusing on candidates who have experience of working at major European clubs, which the four managers above certainly have.

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Pochettino is leading a star-studded Paris Saint Germain, ten Hag is flourishing at Ajax, Luis Enrique won a wealth of trophies at Barcelona before stepping into international management with Spain, and Lopetegui currently has Sevilla challenging Real Madrid for the La Liga title after spells with Los Blancos, Spain and Porto.

Both Pochettino and ten Hag have been extensively linked with the position since the Norwegian was sacked, following the 4-1 defeat to Watford.

The Athletic linked Lopetegui with the United role the day the club parted ways with Solskjaer and the Manchester Evening News previously reported that the Red Devils hierarchy ‘admired’ Enrique.

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It’s highly unlikely that Enrique will leave his Spain position ahead of the winter World Cup, but the other three names on the list could all be available in the summer.

Manchester United have got to get their next manager appointment right and the club will no doubt heed Rangnick’s advice on potential candidates.

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