Man Utd 'interview' potential boss

English Premier League

Manchester United reportedly held an interview with one of their managerial candidates on Monday.

The Red Devils are understood to have stepped up their pursuit of a new permanent manager, and hope to make a decision as to who will take charge of the side after Ralf Rangnick by the end of April, per the Daily Mail.

Scroll through the gallery below to see United's reported five-manager shortlist

A number of coaches have been linked with the job, including Mauricio Pochettino, Julen Lopetegui, Luis Enrique, Thomas Tuchel and Erik ten Hag.

While Chelsea boss Tuchel appears to have ruled himself out of the running, it is claimed the Red Devils have interviews lined up with the other abovementioned tacticians, except Ten Hag, who is said to have already completed his on Monday.

After being dumped out of the UEFA Champions League by Benfica last week, the Ajax Amsterdam boss denied suggestions that he was taking English lessons in preparation for the United job. 

The 52-year-old also recently played down reports that he might be next to take over at Old Trafford, insisting his focus remains with the Dutch giants.

However, according to the Daily Mail, he is now the leading candidate for the role having already met with the club this week. This comes after a reported research process for finding a new head coach, overseen by football director John Murtough and technical director Darren Fletcher, was completed at the beginning of March.

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The Eredivisie outfit is said to have a good relationship with the English side with their chief executive Edwin van der Sar being a former Red Devil, but the Premier League's record champions will reportedly need to pay compensation in the region of £4 million (R78.6 million) to prise Ten Hag away from the Johan Cruijff Arena.

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