Man Utd ‘convinced’ over controversial manager swoop as shock second target emerges

Manchester United have made Gareth Southgate their No 1 candidate to replace Erik ten Hag as manager, while a former Liverpool target has reportedly emerged on Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s radar.

Prior to the 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday, Ten Hag’s job appeared to be safe even though Man Utd have endured another disappointing season. It had emerged that Ratcliffe was unsure about spending big money to replace Ten Hag amid the club’s Profit and Sustainability concerns.The British billionaire also felt it would be harsh to judge Ten Hag given all the changes that have been going on at Old Trafford in the last 12 months.

But the damaging defeat at Selhurst Park, and the manner in which Palace outplayed Man Utd, seems to have changed all that.

As per The Telegraph, while Ratcliffe will not swing the axe before Man Utd play in the FA Cup final on May 25, a number of players feel the Dutchman’s fate is effectively sealed already.

It seems Ratcliffe now thinks that sacking Ten Hag is the best bet to help Man Utd reach their goals, even if it puts the club close to their financial limit.

According to Foot Mercato, Ratcliffe and his INEOS chiefs have surprisingly decided on Southgate as their ideal replacement for Ten Hag.

They are ‘convinced’ that the England boss is the right coach for the squad overhaul which is due to happen at Old Trafford over the next few transfer windows.

Next Man Utd manager: Gareth Southgate talks predicted

The situation is ‘expected to develop soon’, which suggests Man Utd are poised to open talks with Southgate’s agent.

Man Utd hope to agree a deal with Southgate ‘in the coming weeks’ so that they can announce him as Ten Hag’s successor once the Euros are finished.

Despite Ratcliffe’s admiration for the 53-year-old, it could be a move that divides Man Utd fans.

Southgate is one of England’s most successful coaches of all time, but international experience does not always equate to trophies at club level.

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