53-year-old manager viewed as ‘number one’ choice to replace Ten Hag at Man United, situation complicated: report

Gareth Southgate appears to be the top choice to replace Erik ten Hag.

Erik ten Hag’s future must be resolved before Manchester United can have a massive summer transfer window, despite their fervent desire for one.

No firm deals can be made until the former Ajax player’s future is confirmed, thus the Dutchman is still in limbo.

Though there won’t be a definitive judgement on Ten Hag until next week, rumours are still circulating.

Gareth Southgate is among the names who have been mentioned as potential successors to the current United manager in the event of his dismissal.

The 53-year-old manager is currently thought to be the “number one” pick to succeed Ten Hag at United, according to Manchester World, however things are complicated because of his England responsibilities.

While they consider viable candidates to replace Ten Hag, United is still in the midst of its end-of-season review before deciding what to do with the Dutchman.

Although Southgate’s contract is set to expire at the end of the year, nothing will happen on this front until after the European Championships. Once more, all that accomplishes is postpone this crucial transfer window for the Old Trafford team.

The England manager is reportedly a lifelong United supporter, and INEOS said they “admired” him and think he would be “perfect” for the position.

To be honest, if this is the hire, I would be concerned. Not only would United be starting over, but they would also be replacing Ten Hag with a manager who is, in my opinion, not as good.

It simply defies logic in the slightest. Give it time to register. It is fifteen years since Southgate last managed at the club level. At the time, he was the manager of Middlesbrough, but things didn’t go as planned during that term.

If you ask most England supporters about Southgate, they’ll all respond in a same way. People think he’s an ordinary manager. Not a thing more. Not a little less. That is not the standard at which United should aim.

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