Why Manchester United favour Erik ten Hag over Mauricio Pochettino

Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes the Red Devils favour Ajax boss Erik ten Hag over Mauricio Pochettino because the Dutchman would be easier to appoint.

Manchester United are set to speak to both candidates in the coming weeks, with United keen on making an appointment before the end of the season.

“They’ve been there with Jose Mourinho!” Neville told SkySports.

“They want to appoint either Pochettino or Ten Hag on a long-term project and they needed somebody [Rangnick] to get them to the end of the season.

“Manchester United need a longer term approach to their manager, they always have had that. They’re not going to appoint a short term manager again, they did that with Jose. They went against the grain with that and they’re not going to do that again. Right or wrongly, they’re just not going to do it.

“They’re going to appoint a younger, more up-and-coming manager like Ten Hag or Pochettino. Pochettino is not young and up-and-coming but he’s certainly established himself.

‘”He’s at Paris Saint-Germain but there’s a bit of a danger with him because obviously Paris Saint-Germain could keep him at the end of the season so they can’t put all their eggs in one basket. So I suspect they’re more favouring Ten Hag at this moment in time because they can get him.”