Reporter: Man Utd now “most likely” to move for 57 y/o free agent manager if Ten Hag sacked

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If Manchester United decides to fire current manager Erik ten Hag, they may choose to hire Julen Lopetegui. Journalist Dean Jones believes the Red Devils will select an experienced manager over a young coach.

The Premier League is still faltering as a result of the latest reports that ten Hag may be fired before the end of the season. This season hasn’t gone as planned for Ten Hag and company; United has already lost in the Champions League and will struggle to get among the top four this time around.

After a difficult beginning, pressure is growing on Erik ten Hag
This season, ten Hag has taken one stride forward and two steps back, and the Dutchman is under increasing pressure after his team’s most recent loss. Man United barely made it over the halfway point of the Premier League season as they lost to Nottingham Forest just before the new year. It was their ninth Premier League loss overall.

Erik ten Hag
It followed a thrilling victory over title rivals Aston Villa a few days prior, in which United overcame a two-goal deficit at halftime to win three points in a thrilling five-goal thriller. Talk about the Hag’s job security started to surface again, so it didn’t turn out to be the trigger that many of a United leaning were hoping or anticipating it to be.

Man United is looking to replace Erik ten Hag.
Now that the INEOS Group and Sir Jim Ratcliffe are at Old Trafford, it is anticipated that the Greater Manchester organisation would undergo extensive changes. Along with fresh hires for backstage personnel, there have also been rumours that the British entrepreneur is compiling a shortlist of 10 possible Hag successors.

ESPN claims that Graham Potter, who turned down an opportunity to work at OGC Nice in the summer, has been “informally sounded out” to be the next in line for ten Hag’s throne. It follows a difficult period with Chelsea, as the former manager of Brighton & Hove Albion led the Blues for less than a year.

After spending a brief but enjoyable season with Wolverhampton Wanderers last season, reports suggest that Man United target Julen Lopetegui is eager for his next position to be in England. Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui applauds. As said by the former Real Madrid executive to Sky Sports:

“I’d prefer to remain in England. Our squad is young, in my opinion, and we want to fulfil our potential.

“The way the country lives football here is special – it’s the best league in the world, the most competitive league in the world, the best environment for the players, coaches and fans too.”

If United were to fire ten Hag, journalist Jones of Lopetegui believes that this kind of appointment would be the best course of action.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Stats: Julen Lopetegui







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Dean Jones’s update
In response to a question concerning the United hierarchy’s future steps regarding their managerial dilemma, Jones stated that the new minority owners would not move quickly but did mention that it could be a good idea to bring in an experienced coach. Claiming that a young manager wouldn’t know how to handle a high-pressure locker room at Old Trafford, the trustworthy source thinks Lopetegui would be a great match.

Regarding the manager of United at the moment, Jones disclosed to GIVEMESPORT:

Should he be replaced, it is necessary to consider what United would be seeking. There is a valid case to be made that, because they are assembling a squad, it would be better to select a young, in-demand manager who can concentrate on developing a broad strategy for the team to follow.

The flip side of that, in my opinion, would be that you would be taking a chance on success that is unlikely to materialise anytime soon. Instead, you would be much better off hiring a manager with a proven track record, high regard, and top-tier experience who can instill a sense of responsibility in this group of players and turn them into collectibles.

I believe there has been a severe absence of it for quite some time. Therefore, I believe that an experienced manager—someone like Julen Lopetegui, if he were available—would be the better choice than someone like Kieran McKenna.

Deals for January are also anticipated at Old Trafford.
There is at least anticipated to be some activity in the January transfer window, with United rumoured to recruit yet another striker, despite the continued circus around United’s manager.

Serhou Guirassy, a striker for Stuttgart, in action
The Daily Mail claims that the Red Devils have assembled a four-man striker wishlist, and Serhou Guirassy is one of the names connected to a potential trade. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, a former Stoke City player, Timo Werner, and seasoned Bayern Munich player Thomas Muller are among the other players being evaluated.

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