Manchester United begins the casting to choose a coach between Ten Hag, Pochettino, Luis Enrique and Lopetegui

Manchester United have interviewed Ajax manager Erik ten Hag to become the club’s new manager, GOAL has confirmed.

Ten Hag has been seen as one of United’s top management candidates to replace caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick. No decision has yet been made on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent replacement and sources consulted by GOAL say the club will continue the interview process with the other names it has for the job.

United have gone ahead with their search for their new manager during the current international break and have taken the opportunity to interview Ten Hag on Monday.

In recent weeks he has become the favorite candidate to become the club’s next manager. The process is being spearheaded by director of football John Murtough and manager Darren Fletcher, who were key figures in Rangnick’s temporary addition to the club in December.

The process to find a new manager has now progressed to formal interviews and although Ten Hag has already met with the club, club sources say there is no favorite and all those shortlisted will be interviewed.

For a long time, Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino was the favorite for the job, but in recent months, Ten Hag has come out on top. It is understood that Pochettino would love to return to the Premier League and his future at PSG is in question following their elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid.

Pochettino, along with Julen Lopetegui and Luis Enrique, are the other names on the list and all are expected to be interviewed as part of a “thorough process” to hire the right man. While Thomas Tuchel has fans at Old Trafford, and interest in him has been piqued by the current situation at Chelsea, they don’t think he’s a viable option.

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Luis Enrique has not yet renewed and Lopetegui has a contract until 2024

Ideally, the club wants to have an agreement with a manager in the coming months so that the new manager can start his job as quickly as possible at the end of the season. The club are planning their first pre-season tour in three years and it is scheduled for early July, at which point they will want the new manager to be present.

In that case, Luis Enrique’s option could be complicated. The coach has a contract with the Spanish National Team until the end of 2022 to lead La Roja in the Qatar World Cup. However, the Asturian has not yet renewed or confirmed his intentions when asked at a press conference. In that sense, the fact that the World Cup is played in November and December would make it difficult for him to be able to simultaneously hold both positions, since the president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Luis Rubiales, did not allow Julen Lopetegui to do something similar in 2018 when he signed with him. Real Madrid two days before the 2018 World Cup in Russia and ended up being dismissed just a few hours after the Spanish team’s debut in the tournament.

For his part, the Basque coach of Sevilla is another of the candidates managed by Manchester United for the position. Lopetegui has had three brilliant seasons at Nervión in which he qualified for the UEFA Champions League twice and won the sixth Europa League in the club’s history. Lopetegui has a contract until 2024 and confirmed that last summer he rejected an offer from Tottenham to live his first experience in the Premier League, which could knock on his doors again.