Manchester United have identified Luis Enrique as a potential managerial target, as the club look to replace Ralf Rangnick.

A recent report from ESPN has offered an update on Manchester United’s search for a new manager. The Premier League giants are currently scouring Europe for a potential replacement for Ralf Rangnick, who is set to quit as head coach and take up a consultancy role at the club after the end of the season.

Manchester United have been linked with Mauricio Pochettino in the recent past. The Paris Saint-Germain boss is even believed to be the front-runner in the race to become the club’s next manager. However, it appears Luis Enrique has now appeared on the radar of the Red Devils once again, with the club looking to avoid making any hasty decisions.

Following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United have not been able to stick to a single manager for the long term. With Ed Woodward’s reign recently coming to an end, the club’s newly appointed chief executive officer Richard Arnold is keen on kick-starting his term on a positive note by hiring someone who can restore the club’s glory.

As iterated earlier, the Red Devils are considering Pochettino next season, with former Tottenham director Steve Hitchen also in contention for a role at Old Trafford. In addition to the PSG manager, the club are keeping a close eye on Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - MARCH 23: Luis Enrique, Manager of Spain looks on before the start of the 2020 UEFA European Championships group F qualifying match between Spain and Norway at Estadio Mestalla on March 23, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Luis Enrique is one of the best coaches in Europe. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

While the Dutchman has denied the opportunity to move elsewhere in the past, the recent resignation of footballing director Marc Overmars could lead to his departure from Ajax next summer. However, it appears Manchester United are also keeping tabs on Enrique, who is regarded as one of the top coaches in Europe.

Currently under contract with the Spanish national team until the end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the 51-year-old has enjoyed a glittering managerial career. He notably led Barcelona to a treble in 2015 and had won a total of eight trophies during his three-year stint in Catalonia.

Back in November 2019, Enrique was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United. However, the Spaniard issued a brutal response to the speculation suggesting it was April Fool’s day.

Although a lot has changed since then, the Premier League giants remain unlikely to bag the services of the former Barcelona manager next summer. With the World Cup just around the corner, he will be keen on ending his tenure with Spain on a successful note, essentially guaranteeing a stay with the national team at least until the end of the year.

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