Manchester United have already spoken to Thomas Tuchel and Kieran McKenna about the possibility of succeeding Erik ten Hag, with the club preparing to sack the Dutchman even if they win the FA Cup final against City.

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Erik Ten Hag will learn his fate as Manchester United manager after today’s FA Cup final amid growing expectation that he will be sacked.

Ten Hag maintained a defiant stance ahead of the big game against rivals Manchester City at Wembley and said he is planning for next season following a meeting with Ineos co-owners.

But Mail Sport understands United are preparing to make a change. They have spoken to Thomas Tuchel as well as representatives of Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna, also a Chelsea target.

Brentford’s Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Frank are among the other contenders, although Pochettino is reluctant to talk to United until he has agreed a payment with Chelsea.

Ten Hag finds himself in a similar situation to fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal, who was sacked as United manager in 2016 following the FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace. United sources say a final decision on Ten Hag’s future will not be made until after today’s game. But the team was not surprised yesterday to hear reports that his coach would be fired after two years on the job, regardless of today’s outcome.

Erik ten Hag's future at Man United looks increasingly uncertain ahead of the FA Cup final

Erik ten Hag’s future at Man United looks increasingly uncertain ahead of the FA Cup final

The club's owners are planning a future without the Dutchman and have held talks with potential successors (pictured: Sir Jim Ratcliffe, right, and Sir Dave Brailsford, left).

The club’s owners are planning a future without the Dutchman and have held talks with potential successors (pictured: Sir Jim Ratcliffe, right, and Sir Dave Brailsford, left).

Sir Jim Ratcliffe refused to give Ten Hag a public vote of confidence and the United boss was asked if he plans to meet with Ineos after the Cup final. “No, we already did and I’m going on holiday on Sunday. “I deserve it,” Ten Hag replied. ‘It is not necessary (to have guarantees), we will go for next season.

‘Of course we are together. “Since January (Ineos) has been part of this club and they want us to win trophies.”

This is Ten Hag’s second consecutive FA Cup final and he claimed United can turn around a “horrendous” season by avenging last year’s 2-1 defeat to City at Wembley.

“This club hasn’t won many trophies in the last 10 years,” said the 54-year-old, who lifted the Carabao Cup in his first season. “On Saturday we have a great chance to win another trophy, and a third final in two years is very good, I would say, because this club when I joined was not in good shape at all.

“We will be in a very different place if we win because we will be in Europe and we will have another trophy. We have improved a lot and if we take into account all the injuries we have had, it is a horrible season for us.”

Ten Hag insists United were superior to City in almost every aspect in last year’s final. “I have data and we were, on almost all occasions, better than them except in possession,” he stated. “All the other data, like getting into the final third, creating chances, shooting on goal, higher xG (expected goals), all the data indicates that we were better than them.”

United will be looking to avenge their defeat to Manchester City in last season's final at Wembley.

United will be looking to avenge their defeat to Manchester City in last season’s final at Wembley.

Ten Hag insisted the data suggested his team outperformed their bitter rivals in the 2023 final.

Ten Hag insisted the data suggested his team outperformed their bitter rivals in the 2023 final.

Bruno Fernandes wants assurances the club can match his ambitions before agreeing to extend his current contract.

Bruno Fernandes wants assurances the club can match his ambitions before agreeing to extend his current contract.

Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes insists he wants to stay at United as long as the club can match his ambition. The captain cast doubt on his future at Old Trafford earlier this month by saying he would make a decision after playing for Portugal at the Euros this summer.

United want Fernandes to stay and extend a £240,000-a-week contract that runs until June 2026 with the option of a further year, but the player wants assurances the club will challenge for top honours.

He said: “I love being at Old Trafford more than anything in the world.” I do not want to go. This has always been my biggest dream. I just want my expectations to match the club’s expectations.

“If you go and talk to any fan, they’ll tell you the same thing.”