The possible appointment of Erik ten Hag at Man Utd would not be a popular decision in the dressing room, according to reports.
Ten Hag and Mauricio Pochettino are the two favourites to land the new permanent job at Old Trafford with Julen Lopetegui and Luis Enrique recently ruled out by a report.
Man Utd insisted last Thursday that claims they had decided on the Ajax boss as their new manager were ‘premature’ with the interview process still ongoing.
It came after reports said that Pochettino’s camp reckoned the job was now ‘Ten Hag’s to lose’ after he had his first interview.
An Italian journalist said yesterday that Ten Hag was ‘very close’ to being appointed and that he was demanding that Man Utd made a ‘final answer’ on their next manager.
And the Manchester Evening News insist that he is ‘the Man United hierarchy’s favoured choice to become their next manager but some players have reservations’.
The report claims: ‘A number of United players are excited by the prospect of being coached by Ten Hag and feel he would improve them, but sources close to other players say Ten Hag is viewed as an ‘underwhelming’ choice by some of them.’
Meanwhile, current interim boss Ralf Rangnick – who will move into a consultancy role in the summer – thinks the most important thing for Man Utd to do is to build a philosophy at the club.
“Manchester City and Liverpool … have been built together and recruited over a period of five or six years – all of them under the premise of how the coaches want to play,” Rangnick said.
“I told the board this is what has to happen [at United].Whenever the new head coach is clear, it has to be: how does he want to play and what kind of players do we need for that?
“Then we come back to DNA, speed, physicality, tempo. What do we need? This team does not lack technical players, it can do with more physicality.
“It takes right decisions and [clarity over] where you want to go: what kind of players, want kind of manager and then, in every transfer window, try to get the best possible.
“This is rocket science. It has to be done and, if that happens, it does not necessarily need three or four years. Maybe in two or three transfer windows, then the situation could be different.”
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