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Ten Hag distances himself from Manchester United coaching search

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag appears to have thrown cold water on the reports linking him with the vacant Manchester United job.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has parted ways with the Premier League giants after yet another upset over the weekend in the form of a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Watford. Pressure had been mounting on the Norwegian for weeks and he wasn't helped by losses against Liverpool and Manchester City, but the Watford loss proved to be the final straw for the United hierarchy.

Now, Ten Hag is among the names linked with the post, but he remains committed to the job he has on his hands at Ajax.

"I'm focused on my team," Ten Hag said to ESPN Netherlands when asked about the Manchester United coaching job.

"We have a brilliant squad and we have a lot that we want to achieve. We want to fight for titles.

"My focus is on Ajax, the rest is only a distraction. I expect my players to focus on Ajax, so I have to set the right example and do that as well.

"It's weird [to keep asking about the job], because I haven't heard anything so I cannot think about it."

Other options to be Manchester United coach

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is another of the names to have been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

The Frenchman now looks further away from the job than ever before though. Despite reportedly having an interest in taking it, Zidane's wife isn't willing to move to Northern England.

Other candidates for the job include Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers and Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Michael Carrick has taken the job temporarily and will oversee Tuesday's Champions League game away to Villarreal, while he'll speak to the press as the interim Manchester United coach this Monday.

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