Manchester United ‘appreciate’ ex-PSG midfielder who has 3x Serie A Coach of the Month awards as Erik ten Hag replacement

Manchester United ‘appreciate’ Bologna boss Thiago Motta as a potential replacement for Erik ten Hag

Manchester United are eyeing Bologna coach Thiago Motta as a potential replacement for current manager Erik ten Hag, who is facing increasing pressure amid a challenging 2023/24 campaign at Old Trafford.

That is as per Alfredo Pedulla of TV Dello Sport. With United seemingly set to miss out on a top-four Premier League finish and subsequent Champions League qualification, their hopes for a major trophy rest on the FA Cup. The club’s recent minority takeover by Sir Jim Ratcliffe adds another layer of complexity to their managerial situation.

Thiago Motta, currently at the helm of Bologna, has been enjoying a remarkable season in Serie A. Under his guidance, Bologna sit fourth in the league table, surpassing traditional powerhouses like Roma, Lazio, Atalanta, and Napoli. At just 41 years old, Motta is considered one of the most promising young coaches in Europe and has three Serie A Coach of the Month awards to his name.

Motta to the Red Devils?

While United are considering Motta as a potential successor to Ten Hag, they face competition from other top clubs. Barcelona, where Motta previously played, are also monitoring his progress as they prepare for a managerial change at the end of the season. Additionally, Italian giants Juventus retain an interest in the talented coach according to Diario AS,

However, any potential move for Motta would hinge on the decision of INEOS. United remain expected to wait until the end of the season before making a final decision, but the pressure on Ten Hag continues to mount with each passing week.

The recent 4-3 defeat against Chelsea has only intensified scrutiny on Ten Hag, who may feel his job is in jeopardy by the end of the month. The upcoming league fixture against arch-rivals Liverpool looms large as a pivotal moment that could shape ten Hag’s long-term future at the club.

Manchester United 'appreciate' Bologna boss Thiago Motta as a potential replacement for Erik ten Hag.
Manchester United ‘appreciate’ Bologna boss Thiago Motta as a potential replacement for Erik ten Hag.

As United navigate through a turbulent season, the prospect of bringing in a young and promising coach like Motta represents a potential turning point.

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Whether he will be the one to lead United back to their former glory remains to be seen, but his impressive track record and rising reputation make him a compelling candidate for the job.