KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United's candidates for their new manager have expanded to four names
  • Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid has been linked to a move to Old Trafford in the summer
  • Ralf Rangnick could not contain his disappointment after blowing a two-goal lead against Aston Villa over the weekend

Manchester United’s manager search is progressing a bit better than they could have expected, and there are some encouraging developments as to who will take control of the reins from Ralf Rangnick.

As reported by the Manchester Evening News, Paris Saint-Germain head honcho Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag remain the favorites to become the Red Devils’ guiding hand.

“A source familiar with the process says United believe 'the sooner, the better' a manager is appointed, with the club mindful of Tottenham's farcical efforts to replace Jose Mourinho last summer. The United football director John Murtough is believed to be heading up the process, with Ralf Rangnick also involved before he starts his consultancy role on July 1,” wrote Samuel Luckhurst regarding the situation at Old Trafford.

The report also included confirmation that Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City is still under consideration, but no additional details were put out, which could mean that the prospect of a Rodgers move to Old Trafford is still the same as it was back in November 2021.

However, a report from Spanish outlet Todo Fichajes pointed to a fourth name that could potentially join Manchester United before the summer transfer window in the form of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone.

If Manchester United is surely considering Simeone once again after failed negotiations in December, the move will depend on other factors, like Pochettino joining Atletico Madrid and Zinedine Zidane’s long-rumored move to Paris Saint-Germain finally being completed.

Should these moves happen, the Red Devils then have a clear shot at convincing Simeone to join their side.

Manchester United and its fans are experiencing one of the most tumultuous times in recent history after once-in-a-generation star Cristiano Ronaldo called out his teammates for their lack of maturity.

As posited by fans upon the announcement of Rangnick as interim manager months ago, a change can only do so much if the players decide not to go all-in on their new manager’s tactics and plans.

This theory has since been proven right after their 2-2 draw against Aston Villa had left Rangnick disappointed once again in his personnel for giving up a two-goal lead to a team that they had beaten in their previous match.

There is clearly a ton of work to do for Manchester United, and while the managerial search is still ongoing, they have to wake up to the reality that having a legendary tactician like Rangnick on their sidelines is a privilege.

The Red Devils take the field once again versus Brentford on Wednesday, January 19 away from home, in which fans hope they can bring home three points instead of settling for another draw.