From Pochettino to Ten Hag: What every Man Utd target has said about taking the job

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Manchester United are not short of options (Picture: Getty)

It’s no secret that Manchester United are on the lookout for a new permanent head coach after opting to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week.

Michael Carrick has been placed in caretaker charge for now with the club looking set to hire Ralf Ragnick as an interim boss who will lead them until the end of the season when a new permanent appointment will be made.

With that approach they stand a better chance of prising the likes of Brendan Rodgers away from Leicester, or Mauricio Pochettino from PSG with neither prepared to walk away from their current projects mid-season.

But that hasn’t stopped the club being linked with a host of managerial targets and with the situation getting increasingly difficult to keep up with, Metro.co.uk is on hand to round up exactly what each managerial target has said publicly in relation to the Old Trafford job.

Mauricio Pochettino – PSG boss

‘I’m happy in Paris,’ said Pochettino earlier this week.

‘I know the city well both as a player and a coach, I have always lived this type of situation.

‘Things happen and it’s not my responsibility. What I’m going to say if you ask me is that I’m happy in Paris.

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‘I am focused. I am very focused in football. I am not a kid, I am not a child.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group A - Manchester City v Paris St Germain - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - November 24, 2021 Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe with coach Mauricio Pochettino REUTERS/Craig Brough

Mauricio Pochettino is currently working with the likes of Kylian Mbappe at PSG (Picture: Reuters)

‘I spend my whole life playing football and now for more than 12 years being a coach. We are in a business where the rumours are there.

‘I completely understand what is going on, sometimes in a positive way, sometimes in a negative way and this type of thing cannot distract. Rumours are there and we need to live with that.

‘That is the football that we are living. We are so focused. We are giving 100% to get our best from the club and the players to perform in the best way. I am so happy at Paris Saint-Germain.’

He added: ‘Football is about the present.

‘I said to you all, my contract is until 2023. It’s for one season more. I don’t say anything different. I am very happy at Paris Saint-Germain. It’s a fact. I am happy in Paris.’

Brendan Rodgers – Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers insists he is committed to Leicester right now (Picture: Mikolaj Barbanell/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

‘I don’t take it as anything. It’s not real. There’s always gossip and that will be there until they appoint a full-time manager,’ Rodgers said this week.

‘My commitment is to here. The culture here is about the development of the players, and that’s where I see it, even more so in this period.

‘I respect you guys have stories to do and to create a narrative, but that doesn’t include me.’

Erik ten Hag – Ajax boss

‘Man United interest? I am busy with Ajax. No one contacted me, I can confirm this. I want to win titles here,’ he said this week.

‘I’m busy with Ajax and I have not heard anything of any interest. Clubs have not made contact.

‘We want to win titles at Ajax this season and in the competition we have heavy competition from PSV and also from Feyenoord.

‘It doesn’t distract me, but it’s always nice when clubs of this allure show interest.’

Michael Carrick – Man Utd caretaker

Michael Carrick was kept on following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking (Picture: Maria Jose Segovia/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

‘Well I think first and foremost it’s been literally a day, just over 24 hours, since everything unfolded and the game is not much further away in terms of time,’ said Carrick ahead of the match against Villarreal.

‘So that is all I’ve been thinking about, the game tomorrow night – throughout yesterday, throughout today and certainly throughout tomorrow.

‘I’ve not looked past that, but of course we’ve got a game coming up after, big game on the weekend, but we’ll address that when we need to. And however long the club want me to be here, I’ll give it my best.

‘Whatever results we get, hopefully we get good ones, we’ll be trying our utmost to get good ones, we should get good ones, we believe that we should get good results, and we’ll wait and see what happens after.’

Rudi Garcia – free agent

When asked about his link with United, Garcia replied: ‘I’m already there in Manchester [laughs].

‘I’m here to comment on a very good game between Manchester City and PSG.

‘In all seriousness, I don’t usually comment on rumours in my career. I won’t say anything about it.’

Luis Enrique – Spain national team

Asked to address reports that he is in line to replace Solskjaer, Enrique said: ‘Is it April Fools’ Day today?’

Steve Bruce – free agent

Former Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is said to be keen on the Old Trafford interim role (Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Steve Bruce has reportedly put his name forward to United bosses in offering his services and while the former Newcastle boss hasn’t addressed speculation linking him with the job, his son Alex has.

When asked if his father could take up a role, Alex said: ‘Who knows? I think everyone knows he has a great relationship with the club. If they needed him, I’m sure he would be there to help.

“I think they need to get a world-class, elite manager. If they can’t find someone at this present time, then I’m sure he would be up for it.

Peter Schmeichel – free agent

Even though the legendary goalkeeper has no managerial experience and isn’t being considered by United, Schmeichel would come to their aid in the unlikely event the club needed him.

Micah Richards, speaking on CBS Sports, asked: ‘On a serious note, Peter, would you take the job if they offered it to you until the end of the season?’

Schmeichel replied: ‘I would do anything for that club. Of course I would. I would help them out in any way I could…’

*The likes of Zinedine Zidane, Ralf Rangnick, Lucien Favre, Ernesto Valverde and Paulo Fonseca have also been linked but are yet to speak publicly about the situation.



Man Utd | Next permanent manager odds

Mauricio Pochettino: 3/1
Ernesto Valverde: 7/2
Ralf Rangnick: 11/2
Michael Carrick: 13/2
Lucien Favre: 13/2
Rudi Garcia: 12/1
Brendan Rodgers: 14/1
Paulo Fonseca: 20/1
Erik ten Hag: 25/1

* Odds supplied by Betfair


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