Reports state that Julen Lopetegui, a former head coach of Real Madrid and Wolves, is eager to take Erik ten Hag’s job at Manchester United.
Ten Hag had a fantastic first season at Manchester United, but with their terrible start to the season, he is coming under more and more criticism and is one of the favourites to be fired in the Premier League.
After Bruno Fernandes’ late goal on Saturday night, the Red Devils were able to overcome Fulham and get back to winning ways.
But Man Utd were nowhere near their best and would have been beaten if Fulham were more clinical.
Man Utd have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup and they are at risk of being eliminated from the Champions League. They also face an uphill battle in the race for the top four as they are five points adrift of Liverpool, who have a game in hand.
Earlier this week, club executives took a step to support Ten Hag; but, a significant improvement is needed if the Dutchman is to continue leading the team after this season.
Additionally, Lopetegui hopes to take Ten Hag’s job at Old Trafford, according to Spanish publication AS (via Sport Witness).
One of the most well-liked coaches in Europe, the 57-year-old accomplished an incredible job at Wolves the previous season, helping them narrowly escape Premier League relegation.
Lopetegui left Wolves in the summer after he butted heads with board members over transfers and AS are of the understanding that he ‘awaits the call’ from Man Utd.
According to reports, Lopetegui is “waiting to receive offers” from Premier League teams, while Ten Hag is “hanging by a thread” at Manchester United.
The senior manager of Manchester United is supposedly “viewed favourably” by the team’s leadership and is said to as the “main alternative” to “costly” possibilities like Zinedine Zidane and Unai Emery.
The reasons Gabby Agbonlahor cannot see Emery switching from Aston Villa to Manchester United were stated earlier this week.
“Owners, they keep out of the way; you never hear about the owners of Aston Villa; he gets along with them.” Every player enjoys competing for him.
“Eleven home games unbeaten in the Premier League, that’s a record and everything about Aston Villa at the moment, the football they’re playing in Europe as well, they’re doing well.
“In the league, they’re four points off the top, fifth position with 22 points and it’s a happy club, why would you leave that for the carnage that’s going on at Manchester United.”