Manchester United manager Ralf Ragnick
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Ralf Rangnick on Friday branded Erik ten Hag a “top manager” as reports mount that the Ajax boss is Manchester United’s first choice to take charge from next season.
United have reportedly held talks with Ten Hag and the Dutch club to secure his release.
Rangnick refused to directly address the reports that Ten Hag will be the next manager of the Old Trafford team, but United’s interim boss said the candidates interviewed were of high quality.
“I think this press conference is for tomorrow’s game. I don’t usually talk about a possible new coach,” Rangnick told reporters on Friday.
“What I know about all the managers the club has spoken to so far are top managers, top coaches and if that includes Erik ten Hag, that applies to him too.
“That’s all I can say at this point. For me it’s about preparing for tomorrow’s game.”
Rangnick’s own future at United has been a topic of conversation this week.
The Austrian Football Association has denied reports they had met with the German to discuss her managerial vacancy after Franco Foda resigned after failing to qualify for the World Cup.
Rangnick has a two-year deal to remain at United as an agent beyond this season and he said any discussions about what’s next for him can wait.
“As you know, I’ve signed a contract as an agent. We’ll talk about that in the coming weeks and at the end of the season. Right now, my focus is on tomorrow,” he said ahead of United’s Premier League clash with Everton on Saturday.
With an attempt to qualify for the Champions League at stake, United face an Everton side struggling to survive at Goodison Park in what is sure to be an intense opportunity.
The commitment of several United players has been questioned repeatedly this season as they struggle to keep up with Tottenham and Arsenal in the top-four race.
United have won just two of their last eight Premier League games and Rangnick admitted they haven’t reached the required level.
“We do that a lot, but not always. We’ve been training very aggressively in recent days and now it’s up to us to play the way we’ve trained,” he said.
“It will be a question of who is more competitive tomorrow, who is more aggressive, who wins the second balls.
“They play very direct. I saw their game at Burnley and it was one of those games where the ball was in play for the least amount of time.
Rangnick labels Man Utd target of Ten Hag as ‘top manager’
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