Manchester United is close to finalizing Erik ten Hag’s hiring as the club’s next manager.
Ten Hag, 52, was one of four candidates examined by United last month, along with Mauricio Pochettino of PSG, Luis Enrique of Spain, and Julen Lopetegui of Sevilla.
Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea and Julian Nagelsmann of Bayern Munich were both ruled out due to their commitments to their current employers.
According to ESPN, United have chosen Ten Hag as their new manager, and the Ajax coach is ready to leave the Dutch champions at the end of the season to take over at Old Trafford.
The choice for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor came down to a straight fight between Ten Hag and Pochettino, but Pochettino’s struggles at PSG this season, combined with the potential cost of releasing him from the remaining 12 months of his contract at Parc des Princes, pushed the former Tottenham manager to the back of the pack for both football and financial reasons.
Pochettino, 50, had been United’s preferred candidate to succeed Solskjaer, who was fired a month before his third anniversary as manager in November.
Pochettino had struggled to make an impression at PSG since taking over in the middle of last season, and the club knew he would be open to a move to Old Trafford.
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