Man Utd chiefs pick preferred replacement for Erik ten Hag

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Erik ten Hag remains under huge pressure at Manchester United despite a recent improvement in results at Old Trafford.

United are still sixth in the Premier League despite winning four of their last five league games, including a hard-fought 1-0 win against Luton Town on Saturday.

A disappointing start to the season, which has included heavy defeats to Manchester City and Newcastle, has put the spotlight on Ten Hag and his suitability as a manager.

His decision to leave Jadon Sancho out of the squad has also proved problematic, with the Daily Star claiming Sir Jim Ratcliffe will order Ten Hag to end his dispute with the Englishman – once he completes his 25 per cent purchase of the club .

It is reported that Ten Hag continues to retain the support of United’s hierarchy, however, with Ratcliffe also believing he is the right man for the job.

But that could change if United continue to struggle after the international break.

Ten Hag is currently the second favorite with the clubs – behind Sheffield United’s Paul Heckingbottom – to be the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season.

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One coach who has been tipped as a possible replacement for the Dutchman is former Wolves and Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui.

Spanish newspaper AS claim that United see Lopetegui as an option if the club decide to part ways with Ten Hag.

The former Spain boss, 57, has also been linked with a move to Saudi Arabian Super League club Al Ittihad, who recently sacked another former Wolves boss, Nuno Espirito Santo.

But transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Lopetegui is planning to turn down the Saudi club, preferring a return to the Premier League.

“Julen Lopetegui is now set to reject Al Ittihad’s proposal to become the new manager and replace Nuno Espirito Santo”.

“The former Sevilla and Wolves coach will reject the proposal – he said his focus is on the Premier League,” Romano wrote.

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