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Revealed: Man United’s ‘four-man list’ to replace Erik ten Hag if Dutchman leaves this summer after difficult campaign at Old Trafford

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Manchester United have reportedly drawn up a shortlist of four managerial candidates if they sack Erik ten Hag this summer.

The Dutchman, who took the reins at Old Trafford for the start of the 2022-23 season, has come under significant pressure after a torrid and chaotic campaign plagued by problems on and off the field.

After winning the Carabao Cup and placing third in Ten Hag’s first year at the club, United finished eighth this time, which is their worst position since 1990.

They were also eliminated from the Champions League in the group stage and tTheir goal difference of minus one in the Premier League only adds to the story of a difficult season.

And according to The Times, United, who could still finish the campaign with a trophy if they beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday, are looking at four potential candidates if they decide to do without Ten Hag.

Revealed: Man United’s ‘four-man list’ to replace Erik ten Hag if Dutchman leaves this summer after difficult campaign at Old Trafford

Manchester United have reportedly drawn up a four-man shortlist to replace Erik ten Hag if he leaves.

Ten Hag is under pressure after a torrid and chaotic campaign on and off the pitch

Ten Hag is under pressure after a torrid and chaotic campaign on and off the pitch

United insist no decision has been made on his future, but Ten Hag's position will be reviewed

United insist no decision has been made on his future, but Ten Hag’s position will be reviewed

United insist no decision has been made on the Dutchman’s future, which will be considered after the FA Cup final, although the outcome of the main event will have no bearing.

However, if they change direction, Mauricio Pochettino, who left Chelsea by “mutual consent” on Tuesday, is a potential target.

Chelsea’s decision to part ways with the Argentine has forced United to accelerate their contingency plans for Ten Hag, with talks already taking place with several representatives.

Pochettino would be open to a move to Old Trafford and his track record at Tottenham between 2014 and 2019 is seen as a major boost to his candidacy.

During his time at Spurs, Pochettino developed a consistent style of play and upgraded several talented young players as his team consistently qualified for the Champions League and even reached the final of the competition in 2019.

The report claims these traits would fit well into the new ethos United are trying to establish under the INEOS-led football operation.

Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel is another contender ahead of his imminent departure from Bayern Munich this summer.

The German is said to be keen to return to England, where he was hugely popular at Chelsea and won a Champions League.

However, concerns have been raised about Tuchel’s fiery nature after the 50-year-old clashed with senior figures from Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea.

However, the report points out that there is hope that United’s new football structure can solve those problems.

Both Mauricio Pochettino (above) and Thomas Tuchel are on United's four-man squad

Tuchel was very popular during his time at Chelsea and won the Champions League with the Blues.

Both Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Thomas Tuchel (right) are in United’s four-man squad.

Thomas Frank (above) and Kieran McKenna are also under consideration if Ten Hag leaves

McKenna took Ipswich from League One to the Premier League and is highly sought after

Thomas Frank (left) and Kieran McKenna (right) are also under consideration if Ten Hag leaves.

Ipswich manager Kieran McKenna is another of United’s shortlists, with the highly sought-after manager also wanted by Brighton and Chelsea after he led the Tractor Boys to back-to-back promotions.

McKenna previously worked as assistant to Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford and could be moved away from Portman Road for a £6m compensation fee.

Meanwhile, Thomas Frank is the fourth contender after his impressive work at Brentford over the last six years, where the Dane has taken them from a mid-table Championship side to an established Premier League club.

Graham Potter and Gareth Southgate have been linked to United in the past, but the report claims they are not strong contenders for the job if it becomes available.

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