Ralf Rangnick has refused to reveal the current situation regarding Erik Ten Hag’s potential managerial appointment at Manchester United.
The caretaker boss was reluctant to discuss the growing rumors surrounding the Dutchman’s possible transfer to Old Trafford when asked about them during his pre-match press conference on Friday.
United travel to Goodison Park to face relegation-threatened Everton on Saturday – with the 12.30pm kick-off LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT – with the preparation for the match dominated by Ten Hag.
Suggestions that the Ajax head coach will take over from Rangnick in the Old Trafford dugout at the end of the season have heated up in recent days.
talkSPORT understands the 52-year-old stood out from the crowd during his interview last month, beating compatriot Mauricio Pochettino with his vision and philosophy.
Now, despite the growing number of reports signaling the Dutch manager’s appointment, current United boss Rangnick has chosen not to divulge anything regarding the ongoing progress of the Red Devils selection.
Speaking ahead of the must-see clash against Premier League strugglers Everton, as United look to relaunch their hunt for the top four, the former RB Leipzig boss quickly shut down questions about Ten Hag.
“I think it’s the press conference for tomorrow’s game and I don’t intend to talk about any new managers here,” he said.
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“From what I know, all the managers the club has spoken to so far are top managers, top coaches.
“If that includes Erik Ten Hag, then that’s also true with him. That’s all I can say at this point.”
Once Rangnick’s end-of-season deal as manager expires, the German is expected to take on an advisory role at the club. However, it’s unclear exactly what this new position will entail.
Earlier this week he was linked with the vacant Austrian managerial post, but the Austrian FA have since denied the claims.
Asked about the uncertainty surrounding his duties at United from the summer, the Red Devils boss once again kept his cards close to his chest.
“As you know, we have agreed on a contract as an adviser and we will talk about it in the next few weeks, I’m sure – at the latest at the end of the season.
“But again, I’m focusing on tomorrow.”
While the German was shy when it came to discussing his future and United’s next manager, he confirmed his team had been dealt a blow for Saturday’s game.
The Red Devils will be without left-back Luke Shaw for a few weeks as he had metal bolts removed from his leg following his double leg fracture in 2015.
Edison Cavani and Raphael Varane are still injured and will therefore also miss the clash, as will Scott McTominay who has picked up a foot problem.
However, talisman Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Rangnick’s squad this weekend after missing his side’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City through illness.
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