Plans for next season are starting to gather pace at Manchester United amid reports suggesting they are ready to appoint Erik ten Hag as their permanent manager. As revealed by Manchester Evening News , the Dutch coach was identified as a preferred candidate to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis.
Ajax coach Ten Hag spoke with key figures in the Old Trafford boardroom and appears to have edged out Mauricio Pochettino despite concerns the Dutchman was splitting opinion in the United dressing room. That report was also brought to you by the Manchester Evening News .
It is understood the Eredivisie side expect ten Hag to touch down in the Premier League for next season.
Beyond the dugout, United continue to have one eye on the summer window. Both incomings and outgoings are anticipated with France international Paul Pogba and England forward Jesse Lingard two players now into the final months of their contract.
Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui has refused to condemn the whistling of Manchester United loanee Anthony Martial.
Martial joined Sevilla on loan until the end of the season in January and the switch promised him more game time after a frustrating period with United. There was no clause in the deal to make the loan permanent, although it seems unlikely Sevilla would have triggered such an option anyway.
The forward has made nine appearances for Sevilla, playing 540 minutes and he’s only managed to score one goal across those run of fixtures. Martial’s performances have been underwhelming and Sevilla’s fans have grown increasingly impatient.
Rio Ferdinand has called for Manchester United to improve their structure of the club ahead of Erik ten Hag’s appointment as manager.
The Ajax boss looks to be closing in on a move to Old Trafford, with the Dutch champions expecting their manager to be appointed. The 52-year-old become United’s preferred candidate last month, having been one of the frontrunners alongside Mauricio Pochettino.
Ten Hag was interviewed by United two weeks ago, and is now set to become the club’s second Dutch manager following Louis van Gaal. The Reds insist they have not yet secured a deal with any manager, although they are aiming to make their appointment before the end of the season.
Manchester United have spent £120m on right-wingers across the last two seasons — Jadon Sancho, Amad and Facundo Pellistri — and yet it’s believed there have been conversations within Old Trafford about the need for another right-sided forward.
There are currently more pressing issues at the club, that’s for sure. United desperately need world-class signings in defensive midfield and at centre-forward, but right-wing is thought to be an area that still hasn’t been fixed, despite heavy investment. It is ironic that Sancho was signed to be that right-sight forward considering the 21-year-old has produced his strongest performances from the left.
It was never going to be easy for Sancho to adapt to the Premier League. His nationality didn’t guarantee he would hit the ground running in his home country, unlike some thought. You’re gifted more space and time on the ball in the Bundesliga and Sancho clearly found the transition difficult at the start of the season. That’s all changed now and he’s seemingly improving each week.
Alex Telles has outlined what his future may hold when he eventually leaves Manchester United.
Telles joined United from Porto back in 2020 and since arriving in England has made 43 appearances for the club. The Brazilian has sometimes found opportunities hard to come by in Manchester due to the form of Luke Shaw but he has been preferred to the England international by Ralf Rangnick on occasion this season.
The 29-year-old counts Galatasaray and Inter among his former clubs but it is the Portuguese side who he left to join United that holds a special place in his heart. He spoken in depth about Porto in Brazilian podcast Wibcast.
Frank Lampard has warned Manchester United his Everton side will be ready to fight on Saturday after being plunged further into trouble.
United visit Goodison Park on Saturday, with their hosts battling for Premier League survival. Everton now sit just one point above the relegation zone following their 3-2 defeat to Burnley on Wednesday.
The Toffees have found themselves dragged into the fight against the drop amid a dismal record for Lampard since his appointment as manager. The former Chelsea midfielder has lost seven of his nine league games in charge and has picked up just six points during his tenure so far.
Manchester United fans are getting excited at the prospect of Kalvin Phillips signing – although some doubt whether he’ll actually make the switch to Old Trafford.
As reported by the Manchester Evening News, United are working on a deal to sign the Leeds midfielder. United have decided to prioritise a defensive midfielder for the summer transfer window, having decided against signing one last year.
Phillips has impressed since Leeds were promoted back to the Premier League in 2020, and he looks to have emerged as a frontrunner for United to target. While United are interested in Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham, the former’s exorbitant £150million price tag is a huge hurdle, while Borussia Dortmund want to keep Bellingham for one more year as they are resigned to losing Erling Haaland.
The Manchester Evening News reported in the last hour that United are working to seal a move for Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips.
Despite growing up a fan of the Yorkshire club, the Reds are confident of securing his services for next season. Here are the latest transfer odds for Phillips on Sky Bet.
Manchester United – 2/1
Liverpool – 8/1
Arsenal – 10/1
Aston Villa – 10/1
Newcastle United – 14/1
Manchester City – 18/1
Tottenham Hotspur – 18/1
West Ham United – 20/1
*All odds are subject to change.
Whatever you have made of Ralf Rangnick’s relatively short spell in charge of Manchester United, you cannot knock the German for his levels of honesty.
The former RB Leipzig boss, who has now been at the helm for 21 matches in all competitions, has used his time with the media, both before and after games, to provide honest insight into what he has seen during his first few months at Old Trafford and what needs to happen to ensure his successor can be successful when stepping into the ring. His honesty has been both refreshing and eye-opening.
During a period where the ongoing silence from the Glazer family is deafening, Rangnick has picked up the baton as chief spokesperson and revealed several much-needed home truths about where the club has been going wrong and is still continuing to do so. His press conferences, unlike Jose Mourinho’s and Louis van Gaal’s, have hardly been box office, but they have been insightful and packed with honesty.
Manchester United are working on a deal to sign Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
United have prioritised a defensive midfielder in the summer market after deciding against signing one last year and Phillips has impressed since Leeds were promoted to the Premier League in 2020.
Although United are interested in Phillips’s England teammates Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham, West Ham have publicly valued Rice at an exorbitant £150million while Borussia Dortmund want to keep Bellingham for one more year as they are resigned to losing Erling Haaland this summer.
The Glazer family is ‘happy’ to let Cristiano Ronaldo leave Manchester United this summer, a report by Calciomercato, as cited by TEAMtalk, claims.
Speculation concerning Ronaldo’s future has been mounting in recent weeks and the MLS is being touted as a potential destination for the 37-year-old.
He has scored 18 goals this term since returning to the club from Juventus last August.
The security strap in front of Jamie Caplan read, ‘you are entering a red zone’. The supporter insists he saw red but did not cross a line when he started venting at the Manchester United dugout.
Mancunian Jamie, 25, was in attendance for his 12th United home game of the season and snapped when Kelechi Iheanacho headed in for Leicester on Saturday. He stood up and unloaded at those sat on the United bench.
The United technical director Darren Fletcher took exception and the pair exchanged verbals. Ralf Rangnick, stood in the technical area, was oblivious to the commotion.
Victor Osimhen is ‘tempted’ by a move to United, according to Tutto Napoli.
Osimhen was linked to Newcastle in January, but the centre-forward is now said to be in the thoughts of United, who obviously need to sign a striker or two across the coming months in summer.
The Napoli star is claimed to be ‘tempted’ by a move to Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson is a huge horse racing fan and the Grand National meeting at Aintree, Liverpool starts today. Ferguson will have runners across the three days and he’ll be hoping to win, as usual.