Ralf Rangnick has labelled Erik ten Hag a “top coach”, but refused to comment further as Manchester United chase the Ajax boss.
Rangnick is currently in interim charge at Old Trafford following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November. As a result, United have been working in recent weeks to find a long-term successor.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino initially emerged as a frontrunner.
The latter development saw Rangnick face questions on the situation ahead of Saturday’s clash with Everton.
The German told a press conference: “I think this is the press conference for tomorrow’s game and I don’t intend to speak about any possible new managers here.
“From what I know, all the managers with whom the club has so far spoken are top managers, top coaches.
“If this includes Erik ten Hag, it also includes him, but that’s all I can say at this stage.
“It’s about preparing the team for the game and hopefully three points tomorrow.”
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Rangnick added: “I know with which coaches they have spoken so far, that’s why I can say all the coaches they’ve spoken to so far are top coaches.
“But again, my focus is on tomorrow and then the upcoming games.”
As for Rangnick’s own path after the end of the season, he has agreed a two-year consultancy role working with Man Utd chiefs.
The 63-year-old said: “As you know, we have agreed upon a contract as an advisor and we will speak about that in the next couple of weeks, I’m pretty sure – at the latest at the end of the season.”
Rangnick focused on Everton v Man Utd
United return to action on Saturday afternoon looking to boost their chances of a top-four Premier League finish.
Arsenal’s defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday has provided an opportunity for the Red Devils and Tottenham to close in.
Frank Lampard’s Everton, meanwhile, are deep in relegation trouble after Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat to fellow strugglers Everton.
Rangnick said: “For tomorrow, definitely the most important part [is] character, energy, commitment to winning that game in that atmosphere, which will be probably pretty similar to the one at Leeds.
“We’re all aware of the importance of that game. For them, it’s highly important and for us as well. Game plan and tactics is one thing tomorrow but the other thing, the most important thing is mentality, attitude, physicality and that will probably decide.
“If you see the process over the last four-and-a-half months, we have developed the team in some areas.
“But it’s all about being consistent and we have to start tomorrow with the best possible performance.”
United and Everton drew 1-1 at Old Trafford back in October. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Rafael Benitez were the respective managers then.