Erik ten Hag’s lack of Premier League experience could see Man United offer Steve McClaren an assistant role for the second time.
The 52-year-old is firmly in the driving seat to take over the helm at Old Trafford. United are believed to be impressed by his philosophy and ability to get the best out of his squad within a limited budget.
However, Mauricio Pochettino’s name is still floating around for the managerial role due to his past experience of managing in the Premier League.
But Ten Hag’s suitors at the club may have found a solution to assure the Dutchman’s chances of becoming the United manager aren’t hindered by an absence of a job in England on his CV.
According to The Guardian, McClaren is under consideration for a return to United. Sir Alex Ferguson’s former assistant has a wealth of experience in English football, and is seen as an ideal candidate to be Ten Hag’s No 2 should the Ajax manager is offered the chance to become United’s new manager.
Interestingly, McClaren has also a history of working with Ten Hag, who was his assistant at Twente during the 2008-09 season.
At United, the role will be reversed for the pair, but the club’s hierarchy will hope for a similar outcome from the duo. Twente secured second place in the Eredivisie and reached the final of the KNVB Cup in that campaign.