Mauricio Pochettino, Kieran McKenna or Thomas Tuchel? The main candidates to replace Erik ten Hag – classified

The FA Cup final will be the Dutchman’s last game in charge of the Red Devils, but who would be his most suitable successor?

Try as he might, Erik ten Hag cannot prevent speculation about his future at Manchester United from increasing. The manager would have loved to focus on the game against Manchester City in his pre-FA Cup final press conference, but inevitably attention turned to whether he would be in charge next season.

The manager faced seven questions about his future, including how his time at the club would be judged. Despite his insistence that he was “just concentrating on the job and getting on with the project”, it sure looked like it might be the last time he would watch a game at United’s Carrington training ground.

And just hours later multiple reports emerged that United had been screening potential candidates in case he was fired. This was followed by another report on Friday suggesting that Ten Hag will receive his marching orders after the final, regardless of the result.

Ten Hag, however, can hardly dispute the speculation, as his position has become untenable due to the team’s horrendous results in its second campaign. How can Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sir Dave Brailsford justify keeping him after he coached the club to the club’s lowest finish in the Premier League and lost a record number of games?

GOAL ranks the candidates to succeed Ten Hag if, as expected, he is relieved of his duties after the FA Cup final.