Man Utd board’s five options to replace Erik ten Hag if Jim Ratcliffe pulls trigger now | Football | Sport

United went down 2-1 at the City Ground, their ninth Premier League defeat of the campaign. It was their 14th in all competitions on a miserable evening for the Red Devils.

Ten Hag claimed this week that he was looking forward to working with Ratcliffe and INEOS following their agreement to buy 25 per cent of the club. He said the feeling was mutual and the British billionaire was keen to work with him.

However, if Ratcliffe believes the Forest loss was the final straw, he will have several options he could turn to. Express Sport looks at five candidates who could be in line to replace Ten Hag.

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Graham Potter

Potter has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea last April. He had a poor spell at Stamford Bridge, lasting less than seven months.

But he is thought to be a leading candidate for the new Old Trafford chiefs. Potter impressed at every club he had been at before Chelsea and has a supporter in Sir Dave Brailsford.

Julen Lopetegui

Former Spain boss Lopetegui left Wolves on the eve of the new season. He impressed in his only campaign at Molineux, leading Wanderers to a 13th-place finish after joining when they were in the relegation zone.

Lopetegui recently claimed he wants to return to the Premier League. He has experience at a big club but lasted just 14 matches at Real Madrid in 2018.

Antonio Conte

Conte remains out of work since being sacked by Tottenham last March. He would certainly get United playing a set style of play, even if it’s not the most attractive football.

Whether his style of management would suit the new United board is another question. He left Spurs shortly after a memorable rant criticising the club’s hierarchy.

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