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Fabrizio Romano shuts down Man United rumour after Roberto De Zerbi’s statement



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Fabrizio Romano has shut down the latest reports surrounding Manchester United as Roberto De Zerbi makes a statement surrounding his future at Brighton.

There have been so many rumours surrounding Manchester United and who may replace Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford should INEOS cut ties with the Dutchman this summer that it becomes hard to keep track of who has said what.

The major names currently being linked with the job are Gareth Southgate, Roberto De Zerbi, and Graham Potter, while other names, such as Julian Nagelsmann and Thiago Motta, have also started to crop up in the media.

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Sources stress that no final decision on Ten Hag has been made, and multiple media reports suggest that INEOS is simply assessing what options are available should it decide to fire the Dutchman.

UtdDistrict confirmed last month that Ten Hag retains lots of support within the club despite a lack of Champions League qualification. However, poor results in the Premier League following this will do no good for the Dutchman.

No contact made

Respected journalist Fabrizio Romano has provided the latest on three of the aforementioned managers, stressing that the club has not been in contact with any of Potter, Southgate, or Nagelsmann, despite rumours that meetings have taken place.

“At the moment, they haven’t made contact with Graham Potter, Gareth Southgate or Julian Nagelsmann, from what I understand,” Fabrizio Romano told GiveMeSport.

“INEOS know Graham Porter very well because they wanted him at Nice. For sure, he is a manager who is appreciated, but it doesn’t mean that they appreciate the same manager for Nice and Manchester United.

“They didn’t make recent contact with Graham Potter for the Manchester United job, from what I understand, so that’s the situation around him.”

De Zerbi’s statement

Speaking recently, Brighton boss De Zerbi clarified that there is “no team that can change my mind” when asked if he would leave the Seagulls this summer.

“I love Italy and our football,” he said. “I feel good in England, in the Premier League, and I have no intention of leaving. There is no team that can change my mind, I have made a commitment.

“I like being outside and experiencing the atmosphere of the stadium. Furthermore, in England, I have the opportunity to improve my knowledge of the language and football.”

De Zerbi does have admirers at Old Trafford. UtdDistrict understands that if a managerial change were to occur, he would be the top choice for some in the club.

These same people are not fans of Gareth Southgate, who has also been heavily linked to the job—this does not include those related to INEOS. Those not in favour of Southgate still back Ten Hag to succeed at United.