Ralf Rangnick hails Erik ten Hag as a ‘top, top manager’ and says he knows the identities of the bosses Man United have interviewed… as the Ajax boss closes in on being appointed as their new head coach
- Erik ten Hag is closing in on the Manchester United manager role
- Sportsmail reported this week that formal talks were underway with Ajax
- Ten Hag has a year left on his contract and United will pay £1.6m compensation
- Interim boss Ralf Rangnick said ‘top coaches’ had been approached by United
Ralf Rangnick has described Erik ten Hag as a ‘top manager’ as the Dutchman closes in on the Manchester United job.
Talks are underway with Ten Hag’s club Ajax to secure the terms for his release with United paying compensation of just over £1.6million to secure his services.
Interim manager Rangnick declined to address the reports that Ten Hag will be United’s next manager but said the candidates spoken to are of a high calibre.
Erik ten Hag is closing in on the Manchester United manager’s job with talks ongoing
United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick said ‘top managers and top coaches’ had been interviewed
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League trip to Everton, Rangnick said: ‘I think this press conference is for tomorrow’s game. I don’t tend to speak about any new possible manager.
‘What I know about all the managers the club has spoken to so far are top managers, top coaches, and if this includes Erik ten Hag it is also true of him.
‘That’s all I can say about that at this stage. For me it’s about preparing for tomorrow’s game.’
United cannot afford to drop any points at Goodison Park as they chase fourth spot and qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Manchester United dropped more points in their top four chase against Leicester City
United are seventh in the Premier League table but still within three points of fourth spot
They have three points to make up on fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and also find themselves trailing Arsenal and West Ham in the standings.
Rangnick will be boosted this weekend by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese star missed last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester through illness.
However, Luke Shaw is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks as he has an operation to remove metal bolts from his leg, while Edinson Cavani, Raphael Varane and Scott McTominay are still injured.
United will be boosted for their trip to Everton by Cristiano Ronaldo’s return after illness
Rangnick is expected to move upstairs into a consultancy role at the end of the season but the German wasn’t prepared to elaborate further on any details.
He said: ‘As you know, we have agreed upon a contract as an advisor and we will speak about that in the next couple of weeks I’m pretty sure – at the latest, the end of the season. But again, my focus is on tomorrow.’
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