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Thomas Tuchel and Roberto De Zerbi are both in the frame to be the next Manchester United manager

The latest buzz is that Thomas Tuchel and Roberto De Zerbi feature prominently on a list of possible contenders the Red Devils are seiously assessing in case Erik ten Hag is given the sack sooner than expected.

It’s already looking increasingly likely the Dutchman will be shown the exit \at Old Trafford following their near-catastrophic performance in the FA Cup semi-final against Championship-side Coventry City.

Signs of progression have been rare since the 54-year-old Dutchman joined the club on a high from Ajax in 2022, with Man United now straddled multiple points off the Champions League places with qualification for next season already an impossibility.

To say that Ten Hag’s side are having a largely unconvincing season at Old Trafford under him is putting it mildly as the Red Devils are currently languishing in sixth place.

Even though the victory over Coventry set up an FA Cup final showdown against Manchester City, it has proven to be an embarrassment, with the Coventry side coming back from 3-0 down before suffering eventual heartbreak on penalties.

It was revealed earlier this month that the new chiefs at Old Trafford are apparently all set to make a decision on the Dutchman  before the end of the season, according to Football Insider.

The performance against Sheffield United on 24 April is unlikely to have done Ten Hag’s chances of staying on at Old Trafford any favours after the bottom-of-the-table Blades twice went ahead before the Red Devils secured a 4-2 win. This is especially so after the latest debacle and draw with a Vincent Kompany selection fighting tooth and nails to ward off relegation.

Tuchel will be available to join a new club in a matter of weeks when he leaves Bayern Munich at the end of the season, while De Zerbi continues to attract admirers following his work at Brighton.

The Italian is viewed as the “stand-out candidate” to replace Ten Hag at Man Utd as the Dutchman continues to be put in the harsh glare of the spotlight, according to Football Insider.