Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo advised Man Utd against appointing Antonio Conte back in October, according to reports.
The Red Devils sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November after a poor run of results with the club deciding to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim boss until the end of the season.
Rangnick will move into a consultancy role in the summer and widespread reports now indicate that Ajax boss Erik ten Hag will takeover as the new permanent Man Utd manager.
There were rumours that Mauricio Pochettino, Julen Lopetegui, Luis Enrique and Thomas Tuchel all had a shot at becoming the new manager at Old Trafford but it now looks like the Red Devils have found their man.
Before Rangnick was appointed, former Inter Milan boss Conte was linked with a move to Old Trafford but Gary Neville warned at the time that the Italian wouldn’t suit Man Utd.
And the Manchester Evening News has now revealed that Ronaldo ‘vetoed Antonio Conte as a possible Manchester United manager back in October’.
The Portuguese superstar’s ‘reservations about Conte were fed back to the board’ with the Man Utd hierarchy having their own doubts about the appointment.
Conte eventually became the new Tottenham manager and has led fourth-placed Spurs on a brilliant recent run to leapfrog the Red Devils and go six points clear of Rangnick’s men.
And with Ten Hag set to be appointed as the new Man Utd boss, the MEN insists that the club ‘have not consulted the players’ after reports emerged that some players had doubts over the Dutchman’s potential appointment.
David Ornstein confirmed on Tuesday that there is now a ‘verbal agreement’ in place between Ten Hag and Man Utd with Ajax aware of the deal.
And Feyenoord boss Arne Slot has congratuled rival Ten Hag on his reported summer move to Old Trafford.
Slot told Voetball International: “If the reports are correct, it is absolutely worth congratulating.
“It is very special that a Dutch trainer will soon be at the helm of such a large club. That is also a very good thing for the Dutch trainers’ guild.”
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