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ANGRY Manchester United legends could scare away potential successors to Erik ten Hag, reports say.

Pressure is mounting on Ten Hag and he has come under heavy scrutiny from former United players.

Michael Owen called on Ten Hag to be sacked with Paul Scholes agreeing that assistant coach Steve McClaren should replace the Dutchman.

Ex-United captain Rio Ferdinand was also critical of his former club after the 4-0 hammering at Crystal Palace. SunSport revealed that the Old Trafford hierarchy do not plan on axing Ten Hag before the end of the season.

It means he would be in charge for the FA Cup final against rival City on May 25 at Wembley.

But replacements are believed to be drawn up behind the scenes, with the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Southgate linked.

Although the The Telegraph say at least two potential candidates for the United job have concerns over the constant criticism from ex-players.

But ultimately, it would not prevent them from taking over at Old Trafford.

Gary Neville, Roy Keane, Ferdinand, Scholes and Owen – who all have TV punditry gigs – are among the most strongly-opinionated retired players.

And Owen called for Ten Hag’s sacking on Premier League Productions: “I’ve said it for a long time that Ten Hag is not the right man for this job, I’ve been saying it for ages and ages.

 “He cannot, simply cannot, manage the team next season.

 “I almost wonder now, they’ve got a cup final and they’ve got a few important games that could mean European football next year or not.

 “At some point you’ve got to make a decision, they’re going to get absolutely hammered by Manchester City, they’re going to get annihilated, in fact, Arsenal will smash them to bits at Old Trafford.

“Newcastle will probably beat them and I wouldn’t even fancy them going to Brighton either.

“They might not get anything out of the rest of the season, playing like that.

“I just wonder there’s just so much at stake, even if it’s only for four games, I wonder whether the board might just have to try to do something here and now and be quite radical about it.

“He cannot, simply cannot, manage this team next season. He’s not good enough.

“I’ve thought it for ages, and he’s just not good enough to manage Manchester United.”


Thomas Tuchel

The German won the Bundesliga in his first season with Bayern Munich but his fortunes soon turned.

Bayern relinquished the title to Xabi Alonso’s brilliant Bayer Leverkusen after Tuchel in February announced he would leave the club.

Tuchel – who won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021 – is believed to favour a return to England.

Gareth Southgate

The England boss’ deal is up in December and he has refused to entertain an extension ahead of this summer’s Euros.

It has led to speculation that Southgate could be preparing to move on from his Three Lions role.

And as revealed by SunSport, he is admired by the United board.

Zinedine Zidane

The French legend has been out of a job since leaving Real Madrid for the second time in 2021.

He has been linked with the United job before but in 2022 revealed his lack of English speaking prevented him from the move.

Zidane is believed to want to manage France one day but he remains linked with the United job.

Graham Potter

Potter made his name at Brighton and replaced Tuchel at Chelsea in 2022 but he was sacked after less than seven months in charge.

New United owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is a big admirer of Potter, who has also been linked with the England job, with talks taking place between the two. Potter is yet to return to management and has turned down approaches to leave the door open for United – Sun.

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