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Gary Neville and Roy Keane back Gareth Southgate to replace Ten Hag as Manchester United manager

Roy Keane and Gary Neville say England boss Gareth Southgate can succeed Erik ten Hag as Manchester United manager.

Eric Ten Hag’s future at Manchester United is unclear following Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s purchase of a minority stake in the club. ESPN recently claimed United have identified Gareth Southgate as a potential successor to Ten Hag.

Man United’s top target for the sporting director role, Dan Ashworth, also worked with Southgate at the FA. Southgate’s existing contract with the football association expires in December 2024.

Speaking on Sky Bet’s Stick to Football podcast, Keane said: “I could see that happening (Southgate being the next United manager).

Well, obviously everyone’s thinking he’s probably going to be with England this summer if he has a good (European) Championship, thinking if they could win it. And if they don’t, then maybe they’re thinking you’ve ran your race with him.

His connection with Dan Ashworth, who he has worked with previously. Yeah, I’m not that surprised with it.”

Gary Neville said: “I never saw Gareth Southgate as a Manchester United manager, psychologically, I never saw that.

“I can see it now, now Dan Ashworth has come in. I just think, what does Erik ten Hag need to do to stay as Manchester United manager? So, for instance, is the FA Cup enough, or does he need to get top four, or top five, Champions League?”

Southgate took England to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 and the quarter-finals in 2022 plus the final of the last European Championship.

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.


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