Manchester United News: Joel Glazer to have final say in ‘internal deal’ | Soccer | sport
Manchester United chief Richard Arnold reportedly agrees with Ralf Rangnick when it comes to Erik ten Hag potentially being the club’s next manager. The Ajax boss has done well in his five years in Amsterdam, helping the Dutch giants dominate domestically while emerging as a force in the Champions League again. However, the 52-year-old’s job is far from guaranteed.
Manchester United sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November less than 24 hours after the club were beaten 4-1 by Watford.
At the start of the campaign, hopes were high that the Red Devils could challenge for the Premier League title, especially after the arrivals of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo from Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Juventus respectively.
Except that things didn’t go as planned.
United have won three of their first four games of the season, with a thrilling 5-1 win over Leeds on Matchday 1 particularly memorable.
However, they were never able to recover after losing 2-1 to Swiss minnows Young Boys in the Champions League.
While Ronaldo’s goals were enough to help United stay in Europe’s top club competition, he was unable to prevent the club’s campaign from going from bad to worse.
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And while Rangnick has stabilized the ship, it will be a surprise if he ends up getting the job permanently.
Over the weekend, The Sun published a development in regards to United’s full-time boss.
It was said that Arnold agreed with Rangnick that Ten Hag, having done well at Ajax over the last half-decade, should be the favorite for the job.
It certainly bodes well.
United haven’t always been so unanimous over the years, with some board members previously believing Mauricio Pochettino should have been appointed to the job when Jose Mourinho was sacked in December 2018.
Still, while this is good news, it should be noted that Joel Glazer will have the final say.
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Many at the club hate the Glazers, who have overseen United’s downfall since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
But, despite last year’s European Super League fiasco, the Americans remain the figureheads at Old Trafford.
Joel is the one who oversees the running of the club on a day-to-day basis, with brother Avram being more of a peripheral figure.
And it is he who will finally sign the appointment of a next manager, having already done so with Mourinho, Solskjaer, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes.
Ten Hag may not be to his liking.
Especially considering United’s longstanding admiration for Pochettino, who is set to leave PSG at the end of the campaign.
Ed Woodward, who has long been close to the Glazers, was particularly a huge fan of the Argentine.
United seriously considered signing Pochettino as Ferguson’s replacement in 2013 after seeing him do well at Southampton.
Ultimately, however, they settled on Moyes because he was Ferguson’s personal choice to replace him at the Theater of Dreams.
United considered Pochettino again when they sacked Van Gaal in 2016, shortly after the Dutchman guided them to the FA Cup trophy.
Still, Mourinho’s availability saw them hand the combative Portuguese the job instead.
When United sacked him, the original plan was to wait until the end of the 2018/2019 season before appointing Pochettino.
But the club’s impressive results and performances under Solskjaer prompted Woodward and the rest of the board to turn around.
Glazer can even look past Pochettino and Ten Hag amid suggestions United are also admirers of Luis Enrique, Roberto Mancini and Julen Lopetegui.
So while Ten Hag’s internal deal is good for United, there is no guarantee that it will be the Ajax boss who is elected next.