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Thomas Tuchel has become the favorite to replace Erik ten Hag as Manchester United manager should the club decide on a change.

He is understood to have the required profile as an accomplished tactician with vast experience working at top clubs. Tuchel is a free agent and has just finished with Bayern Munich and previously managed clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, the latter position meaning the German has a history in the Premier League.

There is confidence at United that he has the temperament to handle experienced players and admiration for a CV that includes winning the 2021 Champions League with Chelsea.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who controls United’s football policy, is leading the process of identifying potential replacements for Ten Hag alongside his key lieutenant Sir Dave Brailsford, Jean Claude-Blanc, the interim chief executive, and Jason Wilcox, the technical director.

The decision on Ten Hag’s future will become clear after Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester City, in which the manager said Harry Maguire will miss due to injury.

Ipswich Town’s Kieran McKenna, a Chelsea and Brighton target, Brentford’s Thomas Frank, England manager Gareth Southgate and Mauricio Pochettino, who left Chelsea on Tuesday, are also on the shortlist.

Ahead of the trip to Wembley, Ten Hag defended a record that includes winning the Carabao Cup last season and losing the FA Cup final to City 12 months ago. “It’s all about trophies, but you need the opportunity to win a trophy,” he said. “So in the last 10 years there are not so many trophies in this club, but we have the opportunity to win two trophies in two years.”

Ten Hag was asked what he would say to those who consider the final their last match. “I came here to win trophies,” he said. “I have nothing to say. I just concentrate on the work I have to do and that is first to win the game on Saturday and then the project, move forward with the project.”

United’s hierarchy will review the season next week. Ten Hag said he had kept a record of the season with his employers: “We talked about it lately. Underneath there are very good things, (young) players that are emerging and developing, values ​​that are emerging and at the same time we have a great opportunity on Saturday to win the next trophy.”

On Tuesday, Southgate left Marcus Rashford, who has scored eight goals for United this season, out of England’s European Championship training squad. Ten Hag believes this will motivate the forward on Saturday. “It looks good,” he said. “That’s a career: ups and downs. A fall can also give you fuel and that’s what I see in training: he will be very motivated. He can talk with his feet, he is very intelligent. He’s had a great career. I am sure that he will overcome it and score more goals.”

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Manager Erik ten Hag during United training this week. Photograph: Ash Donelon/Manchester United/Getty Images

Ten Hag was asked if Maguire, Anthony Martial, Mason Mount and Victor Lindelöf were available. “Harry Maguire is not available, but otherwise all the players you mentioned are available,” he said. “Tomorrow we will have final training and make final decisions, but the way I see it now, it looks good. (Maguire’s problem) did not heal as expected.”

Maguire is recovering from a muscle problem and it is unclear whether this will threaten his participation in the Euros.

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