The timetable United are currently working on in their ‘thorough process of appointing a new manager’ greatly raises the prospect that their pick still has work to finish elsewhere when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent successor is announced.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag are the main, but not the only, contenders. The club are also said to be monitoring Thomas Tuchel’s situation at Chelsea, which is in crisis.
Pochettino’s future at the French league leaders is in doubt after their Champions League collapse and exit against Real Madrid this week.
Sportsmail reported yesterday that amid links with other managers, including Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti, Pochettino wants United to convince him he is their No.1 choice before he agrees to take the job.
Current caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick hasn’t given up on securing the long-term role either.
The European club campaign does not end until the Champions League final on May 28 while the summer transfer window opens on June 9.
The plan United have drawn up will see their next manager become more involved in their preparations for the next window, with uncertainty over who will be in charge currently affecting transfer, contract negotiations and squad planning, as well as the 2022/23 season.
It’s also an indication of the determination of United’s new hierarchy, including CEO Richard Arnold and director of football John Murtough, to give their next manager every chance to start.
If all goes according to plan, it will be the first summer managerial appointment since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013.
David Moyes was confirmed as Ferguson’s successor on May 9 but did not officially start work until July 1.
Louis Van Gaal was announced on May 19, 2014 but had to wait until after this summer’s World Cup, where he was in charge of the Netherlands, before starting.
Van Gaal’s departure two years later was an open secret but was only confirmed two days after winning the 2016 FA Cup.
Jose Mourinho was then announced as Manchester United manager on May 27.