Former Real Madrid manager in a strong position to become Man Utd manager

New Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui poses with the shirt with president Florentino Perez during the presentation.

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Former Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is very well-placed to replace Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.

Manchester United’s season dipped from bad to worse, as Ten Hag’s men who went into the Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich with hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds found themselves out of all European competitions by the time the referee blew his full-time whistle.

The Red Devils were yet again toothless going forward, managing just one shot on target, and shaky at the back. Kingsley Coman placed the ball past Andre Onana and into the net in the 71st minute after a brilliant pass from Harry Kane, who troubled the hosts’ backline all game. With a little more composure and luck in their favour, the Bavarians could’ve returned home with multiple names on the scoring sheet.

Julen Lopetegui well-placed to become Man Utd manager after Wolves exit

Ten Hag’s position at Old Trafford continues to get shaky on the back of repetitive frustrating results as well as performances. Amid the predicament, a report from Spanish outlet Relevo suggests the club’s hierarchy have started exploring options to replace the Dutch coach.

With Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa next on the calendar, it’s tough to see United, who have now lost 50 percent of their games in all competitions, turn around their fortunes anytime soon.

Should Ten Hag get the sack in the coming days, Relevo claims Lopetegui is very well-placed to be the next United manager. The Spaniard, who most recently managed Wolverhampton Wanderers, is understood to be appreciated by the United board, who value the work he did in the Midlands.

His command of the English language and his knowledge of the competition, as well as his experience in Europe supposedly puts him in a more favourable position than Zinedine Zidane, Graham Potter, or Roberto De Zerbi. The Frenchman doesn’t speak English, while the latter two haven’t enjoyed any success in Europe. Lopetegui won the Europa League with Sevilla.