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Man Utd to REJECT Sir Alex Ferguson’s top manager choice as contact made for ‘incredible’ coach

Surprisingly, Manchester United appears prepared to reject the manager Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested they choose; rumours have it that a different coach has been pursued.

Erik ten Hag is awaiting word on his future as Manchester United’s manager. By the end of the week, Ten Hag’s future will have been reviewed, and Man Utd will then make an announcement regarding whether the Dutchman has done enough to stay in charge.

After surprising Manchester City and assisting Manchester United in winning the FA Cup final in their final game of the season, some supporters would be upset if Ten Hag is let go. After yet another disappointing league season in which the Red Devils only managed to finish eighth, behind teams like Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, and Newcastle United, some, however, will be relieved to see Ten Hag go.

The 54-year-old’s future at Old Trafford is still up in the air, but Manchester United has recently discussed replacing him with Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel. England manager Gareth Southgate has also received positive looks.

Reporter Graeme Bailey claims that Manchester United great Ferguson has instructed the team to hire Pochettino, the former manager of Chelsea and Spurs. Longtime admirer of the Argentine, Ferguson even had dinner with him in 2016, which sparked speculation that Pochettino would take the Man Utd team.

However, it was disclosed earlier on Monday that Pochettino’s prospects of taking over as Manchester United’s manager are decreasing. Ferguson would be disappointed to learn that despite the 52-year-old’s talks with Man Utd officials, they no longer consider him to be a serious contender.

Tuchel has also ruled himself out of the running as he wants to take a break from the game following his Bayern Munich departure, rather than jump straight back into management with Man Utd.

Ten Hag sack: Roberto De Zerbi overtakes Ferguson candidate

Roberto De Zerbi, the former Brighton coach, is reportedly moving up Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s wish list and is expected to fight Southgate for the open position, according to reports on Monday morning.

Bailey has since supplied an update, saying that Man Utd has contacted De Zerbi’s entourage in an attempt to try and sign him.

De Zerbi recently made the decision to leave Brighton, but according to a deal between the two, Man Utd will need to give the Seagulls £5 million in compensation in order to keep him on staff.

Although the Italian isn’t Ferguson’s top pick to lead Man Utd, he still has a lot of ardent supporters in the sport.

In March, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he was doing an ‘incredible’ job on the south coast. Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has repeatedly labelled De Zerbi one of the most influential coaches at the top of the European game.

Man Utd swooping for De Zerbi would please their former striker Teddy Sheringham, too. When asked about such a move last month, Sheringham said: “It’s a tough one. I still like Roberto De Zerbi.

“I think he has done well at Brighton again this season under difficult circumstances. They’ve sold a lot of quality players over the seasons, that’s the model they have there, and I’m not sure that they’ve reinvested that money to keep the team on the same level as last season. Even with that lack of investment, I think De Zerbi has still done a decent job…

“I’m still looking at De Zerbi and thinking he could have the ability to manage Manchester United. He seems a little bit temperamental, but I quite like his ethics and the way he speaks about football and plays the game.

“He wants his teams to play in a certain way and you can tell that he loves football. I like his optimistic view of football and I like the way his teams play.”

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