Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on Manchester United’s search for a new manager.
Among the names being touted for the United job recently have been Luis Enrique and Julen Lopetegui.
Enrique is the current Spain boss and, if their showing at Euro 2020 is anything to go by, he is overseeing something of a rebirth with La Roja.
Lopetegui, meanwhile, is the current Sevilla boss and has them sitting 2nd in La Liga above both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Given how well the pair have been doing over the last year or so, they would both likely make good candidates for the Manchester United job.
However, as explained by Romano on his podcast this week, neither manager looks likely to be joining the Red Devils, with Mauricio Pochettino and Erik ten Hag instead named as the frontrunners: “The other front runner is Mauricio Pochettino together with Ten Hag.
“They are the two names that Man United are exploring since long time, the two managers that they appreciate.
“Talking about other candidates, Luis Enrique, I still see many rumours and it’s true he has some fans in the Man United board. But what I'm told is that Luis Enrique doesn't want to create any problem with Spain and he's simply not changing his situation now
“So I don't see Luis Enrique to become Manchester United manager as of today, as things stand he wants to focus on Spain for the World Cup.
“And the other topic is Lopetegui. He had an interview again in Sevilla today saying that his focus is to stay at Sevilla he’s decided to stay at Sevilla and so at the moment he's always been a manager in the list of Man United since November, they appreciate him, but at the moment is not a front runner the two frontrunners are Pochettino and Ten Hag.”
Luis Enrique has since clarified his own position too, saying “There is no other position that I want more than to represent my country in the World Cup in Qatar”. It seems Manchester United will have to look elsewhere for a new boss.