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New name appears on five-man Man Utd shortlist to replace Ralf Rangnick as boss search intensifies

Julen Lopetegui Sevilla boss

Manchester United are reportedly monitoring Thomas Tuchel’s situation at Chelsea as they step up their search for their next permanent manager, while Sevilla’s Julen Lopetegui is also said to be on their shortlist.

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax chief Erik Ten Hag were well known to be the top two candidates, but now Tuchel and Lopetegui have been added to that list, along with Spain coach Luis Enrique.

Former Tottenham manager Pochettino is expected to be available this summer after another Champions League failure with the French giants. As for Ten Hag, he remains Ralf Rangnick’s first choice, although PSG are expected to move for him when Pochettino leaves.

As for Enrique, the former Barcelona coach will prove extremely difficult to snatch due to his World Cup commitments. He is adamant he will lead Spain in Qatar in November, which virtually rules him out.

The intrigue surrounding Tuchel stems from Chelsea’s current off-pitch problems.

The German is currently contracted until 2024 and despite the club’s issues has promised to stay until the end of the season.

The Blues have a licence to operate until May 31, but a sale needs to be concluded by that date. If that does not happen, there could be major consequences – one of which could be Tuchel’s exit.

United have already been urged to move for the former Dortmund and PSG chief. His CV is already an impressive one and he is short spell in charge at Stamford Bridge has already produced stunning results.

New name in the mix

But the one new name added to the mix is Lopetegui, as reported in The Guardian.

The former Spain and Real Madrid manager has done an outstanding job in Seville. His side are currently second in LaLiga behind runaway leaders Real Madrid. They also take a 1-0 lead to West Ham in their Europa League last 16 tie on Thursday night.

As for United, their season went from bad to worse when they were knocked out of Europe on Tuesday night.

Manchester United offer Manuel Akanji double his Borussia Dortmund wages

Manchester United have offered Manuel Akanji double his current Borussia Dortmund wages to sign him this summer

The Red Devils lost 1-0 at home to Atletico Madrid to go down 2-1 on aggregate. They are also out of the top four and face a major battle to earn a Champions League spot again.

Current interim chief Rangnick will switch to an advisory role in the summer. But the German will have a major say over who replaces him, with United now going five years without a trophy.

Martial reveals Ralf Rangnick promise

Meanwhile, Anthony Martial has revealed his lack of gametime at Manchester United prompted his exit – and even a promise from Ralf Rangnick came too late to change his mind.

Martial is currently on loan at Sevilla from Man Utd. He signed up with the Spanish club in January on a deal until the end of the season. It came after he managed just two Premier League starts in 2021-22.

The Frenchman has endured a range of highs and lows during his time as a United player. However, it got to a point that his mind was made up about leaving.

He has now opened up on his temporary exit from Old Trafford and how he chose Sevilla to rediscover his love for the game.

“For me, it was the best option to play and enjoy football again,” Martial told the Daily Mail. “I lost it a little bit in Manchester because I was not playing.

“I feel very good in Sevilla. The city is very good and we are a good team so, for me, it’s perfect. I’m playing so I’m happy.

“But I’m here just until the end of the season and that’s it.”

Indeed, there is no option to buy in Sevilla’s deal for Martial. Any chance of a permanent transfer has already been ruled out. That said, he could seek another new adventure elsewhere.

Martial mind is made up

Martial will only have two years left on his contract with Man Utd by the summer. But he claims the club are already aware of his wishes, having told Ralf Rangnick upon his appointment – despite the interim manager offering him more hope.

“I asked United to leave because I wanted to play,” he said. “I still have a contract but they know what I want, so we will see at the end of the season.

“When he (Rangnick) arrived, my objective was to leave. I told him I wanted to leave and that’s it.

“He talked to me and said, ‘if you want to stay, with the way you train you will play if you keep training like that’. But I wanted to have a new atmosphere and a new club.”

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