Gareth Southgate and Thomas Tuchel to Manchester United latest as 'talks begin for new manager'

England manager Gareth Southgate
England manager Gareth Southgate -Credit:Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images

Erik ten Hag's future at Manchester United continues to be the subject of speculation.

Ten Hag's long-term future at Old Trafford has been in doubt for the majority of the season. The rumours that the Dutchman could leave his role as United manager intensified in the aftermath of the 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Ineos Group and Sir Jim Ratcliffe are in control of footballing operations at United, which include deciding who will be the club's manager. It remains to be seen what decision will be made by Ratcliffe and Co. when it comes to who will be in the Old Trafford dugout next season.

The past 24 hours have seen several reports about Ten Hag's future and the possibility of a new manager at United. MEN Sport takes a look at the latest speculation swirling around Old Trafford.

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According to Foot Mercato, United have identified Gareth Southgate as the ideal candidate to be the club's next manager. It has been stated that the Reds would want Southgate to be in charge next season in the event that Ten Hag leaves his role in the coming weeks.

The report claims that the United hierarchy will seek to reach an agreement in the next few weeks to appoint Southgate as manager, with an announcement expected after England's participation in the European Championships this summer. It has been claimed that Ineos view Southgate as the right coach for the future at United, although no agreement has been reached at the moment.

Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel is reportedly a leading candidate to be the next United manager.

According to i News, Ten Hag is almost certain to depart at the end of the season regardless of how results are in the Premier League and FA Cup final. However, it has been stressed that United will not sack Ten Hag before the end of the season and instead will wait until after the conclusion of the campaign.

The report claims that several candidates have been identified by United to potentially succeed Ten Hag at Old Trafford. However, it has been stated that Tuchel is the most likely to be named the next United manager this summer.

Tuchel will leave his role as manager at Bayern Munich this summer, with the news being confirmed back in February. Despite missing out to Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga title race, Bayern have a Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid this evening as Tuchel looks to win a trophy before his exit.