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Revealed: The four “talented” managers Man United are monitoring with Erik ten Hag now “on trial”



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Manchester United are monitoring several “talented” young managers after it was revealed that the club have now placed Erik ten Hag on trial.

Following United’s win in the FA Cup semi-final against Coventry, there were more questions than answers as Ten Hag’s men squandered a 3-0 lead and were inches away from exiting the competition.

It would’ve been one of the most embarrassing moments in United’s recent history and new technical director Jason Wilcox was present in the Wembley stands to watch the game unfold.

The former Manchester City academy chief joined the club last week after United reached an agreement with Southampton over a compensation fee. Wilcox was at St Mary’s for nine months as their sporting director.

Now, the 53-year-old has already been tasked with his first major contribution at Old Trafford.

According to reports from the Telegraph, Wilcox will be conducting an audit of Ten Hag’s credentials and dressing room relations over the next month, effectively placing him on trial before a final decision is made on his future.

It was added that Wilcox will provide a detailed assessment of the Dutchman’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as his relationship with the squad, to better determine whether his approach matches the overarching style of play and philosophy that INEOS want to implement.

On the day of United’s semi-final clash, it was two years prior that the club announced Ten Hag’s arrival. He was the outstanding candidate for the role and a popular choice among the fanbase.

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Two years later and many things have changed, with supporters mostly unsure on the Dutchman and open for a change. Yet, the options are not massively inspiring.

In fact, the aforementioned report added that there is a feeling within United circles that any new manager would come with a certain degree of risk.

There are some younger options that United appear to be monitoring, however, and they could be outside shouts for the role if Ten Hag does depart at the end of the season.

The Telegraph added that the club believe there are some very interesting and talented young coaches working in Europe, such as Bologna’s Thiago Motta, Michel at Girona, Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi and Ruben Amorim of Sporting Lisbon, who is being targeted by Liverpool and West Ham.

Other managers such as Thomas Tuchel, Gareth Southgate and Graham Potter have also been linked.

Wilcox’s assessment of Ten Hag comes first, though, and United will likely continue monitoring the manager market in case they come to the conclusion that a change is needed.