Manchester United only named the German tactician Ralf Rangnick as interim head coach because they have set their sights on appointing Ajax chief Erik Ten Hag at the end of the term.

The 63-year-old mastermind was awarded a six-month deal the previous week and his agreement includes a two-year consultancy role that starts from the 2022/23 season.

However, he didn’t rule out staying in charge of the club if his spell in charge proves successful but the Telegraph say that Ralf was only given a short-term deal because the club’s hierarchy plan on hiring  Erik this summer.

The Dutchman has expressed his desire to join a European giant last month but he wants to stick out the term in the Netherlands before taking stock of his position.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino is another candidate to replace the Norwegian Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but the Argentine tactician has 18 months to run on his contract at the French club and the board insist they have not received any inquiries.

The Red Devils take on Young Boys in their final UEFA Champions League group stage game this week and the coach is expected to make a couple of changes given the team are already through to the last-16.

Donny van de Beek and Mason Greenwood could be handed starts, while living legend Cristiano Ronaldo is set to be rested.