Man Utd will look to appoint Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag in the summer if they miss out on Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino, according to reports.
The Red Devils will look to appoint a long-term successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer with Ralf Rangnick set to take charge on an interim basis until the end of the season.
A report yesterday claimed that Man Utd had agreed a deal in principle with Lokomotiv Moscow to allow their director of sports and development to move to Old Trafford.
Man Utd have been looking for a candidate for the interim role since sacking Solskjaer on Sunday following a poor run of results culminating in their 4-1 loss to newly-promoted Watford last Saturday.
Michael Carrick has been in caretaker charge since, winning his first match against Villarreal 2-0 in midweek, and will be taking the team again against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Former Tottenham boss Pochettino is favourite for the permanent role in the summer after being linked with the job in previous years.
The Daily Mail still claim that the Argentine ‘is United’s preferred candidate as permanent head coach’ but that Ten Hag is ‘a genuine rival to the Paris Saint-Germain boss in the race to land the job’.
Ten Hag is described as an ‘alternative target’ if they can’t land Pochettino and Man Utd will have no hesitation in turning to the Ajax manager.
The Dutchman is ‘interested in the United job and Ajax would not stand in his way if he wants to leave at the end of the season’ while Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar ‘will likely play a key role in any move for Ten Hag’.