Manchester United informally approach Graham Potter over replacing Erik ten Hag | Football

Graham Potter is out of work (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester United have informally sounded out Graham Potter with a view to the former Chelsea boss replacing Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman is under increasing pressure at the Theatre of Dreams following the club’s disastrous start to the season.

United have lost 12 of their 24 matches in all competitions this season; finishing bottom of their Champions League group, exiting the Carabao Cup to Newcastle United and languishing in ninth in the Premier League.

Delays over Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s investment in the club have meant United have been unable to make a decision on Ten Hag’s future.

However, INEOS’ 25% stake is expected to be ratified in the next four to six weeks and Sir Dave Brailsford is already carrying out an audit of the club’s operations.

While appointing a sporting director and new CEO is a priority, there are strong question marks over Ten Hag’s future at the club.

INEOS would prefer to leave Ten Hag in place until at least the end of the season to see if United can turn around their form as the likes of Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez return to fitness.

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United have lost 12 of 24 matches this term (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

But there is an acceptance that results of late cannot continue and ESPN say Potter has been ‘informally’ sounded out about his availability.

Potter has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea last April.

The Englishman left Brighton just seven months earlier to replace Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge but he failed to win over supporters in west London.

But Potter has impressed INEOS with his coaching ability, and he was approachedlast summer over becoming Nice’s new manager.

Potter is believed to be biding his time before turning to management, and the job at Old Trafford would interest him should it become available.

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