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Man Utd held talks with shock Premier League candidate over replacing Erik ten Hag before ultimately holding on to Dutchman

Manchester United reportedly held talks with Fulham boss Marco Silva before deciding to stick with Erik ten Hag ahead of the 2024-25 season.

WHAT HAPPENED?

United endured a period of uncertainty after winning the FA Cup, as it was unclear if Ten Hag would stay on as manager. It was confirmed by multiple reports on Tuesday that the Dutchman would be remaining with the club, and could even sign a new contract, but it has now emerged that United held talks with a shock name before deciding to stick with Ten Hag.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

As INEOS and Sir Jim Ratcliffe attempted to gauge interest from potential successors, the Daily Mail reports that United spoke to Silva. The Fulham boss guided his side to a 13th-placed finish last season and discussions were held over him potentially making a stunning move to Old Trafford.

In a chaotic period, United also held talks with former Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino following his Chelsea exit. Gareth Southgate was also seen as a frontrunner if he were to leave England after Euro 2024.

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