Manchester United has been stepping up their search for the new manager they hope to select to take over at Old Trafford this summer, but the club may already be facing a major setback as their front-runner is being pursued by other clubs.
What exactly is the word?
According to the Daily Mail, Erik Ten Hag has spoken with two major European clubs that play regular Champions League games and has a concrete offer from one of them.
According to the report, the Ajax manager had an interview with the powers that be at Manchester United on Monday, but he is not the only candidate who has been in ongoing negotiations with club chief executive, Richard Arnold, and his team.
Supporters will be concerned.
There is little doubt that Ten Hag has been a fan favorite for the difficult management position at Old Trafford since Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was fired last November.
The 52-year-old is currently committed to managing his Dutch side Ajax, but if reports are to be believed, he is clearly open to a new challenge, with him being linked to a number of clubs, and with news emerging that the manager is attracting attention elsewhere, it will surely worry Man United supporters as the club competes to seal the deal.
Ten Hag’s achievements and progression at his current club are clearly the reason he has become one of the most sought after managers, having impressively reached a Champions League semi-final with Ajax in 2019 and since then has won two Eredivisie titles and two KNVB Cups, with this winning mentality something that the Manchester giants are desperate for.
The Red Devils manager decision is expected to be finalized soon as the club works to rebuild their status and return to winning ways as they prepare to suffer their longest trophy drought in four decades, and gaining clarity on who will be the future manager could inspire a more settling atmosphere at the club as Ralf Rangnick prepares to see out the season after crashing out of all competitions.