Ex-Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui reportedly favourite to replace Erik Ten Hag at Manchester United

Failing to secure a place for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages this season might be the final nail in the coffin for Manchester United’s manager Erik ten Hag. The Red Devils were defeated 0-1 by Bayern Munich in their final UCL group stage match, finishing bottom of their group.

As per reports, ex-Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui, who left Wolverhamton Wanderers this summer, might be replaced by Dutchman Ten Hag. According to football journalist Zach Lowy (via Relevo), Lopetegui might take over as United manager after rejecting an 18 million euro annual offer from an unknown Saudi Arabian club.

Taking to X, he wrote, “Julen Lopetegui is well-positioned to become Manchester United’s new manager, per @relevo. A few weeks ago, he rejected an offer of €18m/year from a Saudi club as he wanted to remain in Europe.”

They are now sixth in the Premier League, with only 27 points from 16 games, with nine victories and seven defeats. They have already lost 12 of their first 24 matches this season and have also ended their League Cup defence.

United’s next Premier League game is against Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield. A win would keep Ten Hag in charge, but a loss would see him bid adieu to Old Trafford.

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