Champions League winning boss 'in talks' with Manchester United amid Erik ten Hag struggles

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Erik ten Hag could depart Man United this summer -Credit:James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

Former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick is reportedly in discussions with Manchester United after being dismissed as a potential candidate for the Chelsea job.

Flick has been unemployed since he stepped down from his position as the German national coach last year due to a series of disappointing results. The dismissal marked a significant downfall for the 59-year-old, who had an extraordinary two-year stint at Bayern before taking up the Germany role in 2021.

During the 2019/20 season, he steered the Bavarian giants to a Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and Champions League treble. He continued his success with victories in the European Super Cup and FIFA World Club Cup and secured another top-tier title the following season.

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Flick departed having suffered only seven losses in all competitions over two years. TBR Football reports that he's now prepared to return to management and is eyeing a position in England.

It is said that his representatives have held discussions with both United and West Ham United, notifying the Premier League clubs of his availability. At present, neither club has a vacancy, but both are widely expected to undergo managerial changes in the summer.

Despite the speculation surrounding his future, Erik ten Hag has insisted that he anticipates being at the helm for the upcoming season. However, new minority stakeholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe has declined to offer any public backing to the Dutchman since coming on board in December.

The failure of United to secure a Champions League spot this season has added to the pressure on the former Ajax boss. Chelsea, however, appears to be one club Hansi Flick won't be moving to.

According to The Athletic, Mauricio Pochettino has been given an ultimatum by the bosses - the Argentinian risks losing his job if he fails to secure Champions League qualification. Flick, along with other potential successors such as Jose Mourinho, Ruben Amorim, and Antonio Conte, are reportedly 'ruled out' of any possible race to replace Pochettino.

Rumours linking him to Barcelona have also been quashed following the club's confirmation that Xavi Hernandez had reversed his decision to step down.