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Ten Hag reveals Man United approached Tuchel

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag revealed that the club admitted they had courted other managers, including Thomas Tuchel, before finally deciding to continue with their current boss.

Ten Hag’s debut campaign at Old Trafford was a rollercoaster. While they finished a disappointing eighth in the Premier League – their worst finish in decades – they salvaged some pride with an FA Cup win over rivals Manchester City. This triumph also secured a Europa League spot for next season.

However, the pressure was on. Names like Mauricio Pochettino, Kieran McKenna, and even England boss Gareth Southgate were thrown around as potential replacements, despite Ten Hag having a year left on his contract. But the most intriguing option turned out to be former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. Reports suggested Tuchel met with United co-owner Jim Ratcliffe, although he ultimately distanced himself from the role.

“Manchester United have told me that they spoke with Tuchel, but they eventually came to the conclusion that they already have the best manager.”

Ten Hag, speaking during a punditry stint for Dutch broadcaster NOS, confirmed United’s efforts to find a replacement. “The club management came to me while I was on holiday in Ibiza,” he said. “They told me they wanted to continue with me.”

Explaining the club’s thought process, Ten Hag added, “As in any organization, it’s wise to evaluate. Manchester United did that too. They have indeed told me that they have spoken to other managers.”

While admitting such practices are uncommon in his native Netherlands, Ten Hag seems confident about his future. Contract extension talks are ongoing, and he expects to stay at the helm: “We have had good discussions… The conclusion is that we will continue together and they will extend my contract.”

Ten Hag is the fifth permanent manager United have appointed since the departure of legendary manager Alex Ferguson in 2013. The club clearly hopes he can usher in a new era of success, following the reigns of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

(Source: AFP)

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