Revealed: The surprise ‘strong contender’ for Manchester United job

Ralf Rangnick is interim manager of Manchester United

A fresh update on Manchester United’s search for a permanent manager has emerged.

Manchester United are expected to appoint a permanent manager at the end of the current season.

Given Ralf Rangnick has not exactly set the world alight since stepping into the Old Trafford dugout, it is fair to assume that he will not be getting the job on a permanent basis.

This leaves the door open for a fresh face to step in, with the Mirror reporting earlier this month that Erik ten Hag is ‘ready to answer Manchester United’s SOS’ and is considering his future at Ajax due to the exit of Marc Overmars and the constant turnover of players at the Dutch club.

The same report claimed that Ten Hag has strong support inside Old Trafford and whilst Mauricio Pochettino is also in the frame for the job, Ten Hag’s willingness to forge a strong working relationship with a director of football could give him an edge.

Manchester United admire Luis Enrique

Now though, it appears as though there is another name in the fray for the job.

The Daily Mail report that Luis Enrique is a strong contender for the United job and insiders say the 51-year-old has many admirers at Old Trafford and would be attractive from a financial perspective, with United not having to pay top dollar to prise him away from the national team.

How willing Spain would be to let their manager go so soon before a World Cup remains to be seen, but they would experience something similar ahead of Euro 2020.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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