Manchester United football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher have now interviewed a total of three candidates for the vacant managerial role, according to reports. The development has emerged nearly a week on from Erik ten Hag’s discussions with the club following Ajax’s 3-2 win over Feyenoord last weekend.
Ten Hag is understood to have impressed the United hierarchy with his philosophy and vision for the football club.
The 52-year-old also asked questions surrounding the club’s transfer plans and budget to gain a greater insight of the landscape at Old Trafford.
Some reports even claim that Ten Hag is now waiting to be offered the job as he’d be prepared to take up the role this summer.
Yet he’s not the only name in the frame with Mauricio Pochettino, Julen Lopetegui and Luis Enrique also under consideration.
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United carried out an extensive interview process in November when looking to appoint an interim boss.
Ralf Rangnick was the man to prevail and he will move upstairs into a consultancy role at the end of the season.
Ernesto Valverde, Rudi Garcia, Lucien Favre and Paulo Fonseca were among other options that were considered.
Speaking to The Mirror, Sammy McIlroy – the last of the Busby Babes – has detailed exactly what United should be looking for if history is anything to go by…
“It’s hard to describe what is meant by Manchester United’s DNA,” said McIlroy. “I can only describe it as a feeling. It’s instinctively having that understanding and connection with the club and what the club means to the fans.
“It is true that a United manager doesn’t just have to win – the team has also got to play with a certain style, a swagger. I remember hearing Sir Matt tell his players before a game ‘these fans have been working all week and they have paid their money to be entertained. Go out there and entertain them.’
“But it’s about understanding the history of the club, knowing about the plane crash at Munich and Best, Charlton and Law – and also the tradition United has always had of giving their own young players a chance. And it’s also knowing about the here and now. Sir Matt seemed to know everyone at the football club, from the ladies who washed the kit, to the groundsman, to the people who swept the stands. He knew them all by their first name.
“Sir Alex is from the same mould. They wanted everyone to feel like they were important to Manchester United, that when the team won on a Saturday afternoon, they had all played their part. There are so many factors involved in what it means to be Manchester United. But when you know, you know. It’s the best feeling in football.”