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Manchester United report: New boss to be announced in April with Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel among contenders

Thomas Tuchel
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Manchester United’s next permanent manager will be confirmed by the end of April, according to reports, with Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag and Thomas Tuchel among the contenders for the job. 

Ralf Rangnick was brought in until the end of the season in November following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Daily Mail (opens in new tab) reports that the German’s hopes of taking the job on a permanent basis aren’t over.

However, PSG (opens in new tab)boss Pochettino and Ajax’s Ten Hag are the likeliest candidates to take over ahead of the 2022/23 season. 

Pochettino has come under pressure after his side crashed out of the Champions League to Real Madrid (opens in new tab) this week, but he wants to be reassured that he is United’s (opens in new tab)number one choice for the hotseat before accepting an offer. 

Tuchel is a surprise name to be added to the mix, as the Red Devils are said to now be keeping a close eye on his situation at Chelsea (opens in new tab), with the Stamford Bridge club in crisis.

Owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned and had his assets frozen this week by the UK government, blocking his attempted sale of the club and any future signings. 

Whoever United (opens in new tab)opt for, the newspaper is confident that they will be announced by the end of next month. 

The next man in charge will have a big job on his hands to get United competing for the Premier League title again, after another disappointing campaign. 

Rangnick’s side are currently fifth, 22 points behind leaders Manchester City (opens in new tab), and are at serious risk of failing to qualify for the Champions League.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.