Thomas Frank responds to rumours he could replace Ten Hag at Man Utd | Football

The Danish coach has been linked with a move to Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has played down speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United, though admits he is ‘flattered’ by the reports.

After a run of just one win in eight Premier League games, manager Erik ten Hag is under increasing pressure at Old Trafford and could be axed at the end of the season.

Back-to-back defeats have left them in eighth place in the table and they could potentially miss out on European qualification for next season.

New minority owners Ineos are thought to be mulling over their options, with England boss Gareth Southgate and departing Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel among the candidates in the frame to replace Ten Hag should United pull the trigger.

A new name has also emerged, with The Telegraph reporting this week that Frank could be in contention too – in part due to his pre-existing relationship with Ineos chief Sir Dave Brailsford, who is playing a leading role behind the scenes.

Frank, though, insists he is happy and settled at Brentford and does not anticipate leaving the west London club any time soon, even if United come calling.

Asked about the fresh links with United, Frank told Danish publication Bold: ‘I am really happy where I am.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag and Brentford's Thomas Frank

Frank has one win, one draw and two losses against Ten Hag (Picture: Getty)

‘It is close to being the perfect club to be at. I can see myself being here for many more years.’

He continued: ‘I am close to the owner, to the sports director, everyone around the club. Brentford is a club where I really feel at home.’

Asked how it feels to be linked with such a big job, Frank replied: ‘First of all I think it is flattering and a recognition of the work I’ve done.

‘And I’m glad that others are noticing the work we are doing at Brentford. But, having said that, what goes on at Brentford is not a one-man show.’

Probed on whether there was any interest from Liverpool before they opted for Arne Slot, Frank added: ‘I am not going to comment on all the rumours. You shouldn’t believe everything you read in the newspaper.’

After two strong campaigns in the Premier League, Brentford have struggled a little more this season and sit in 16th place in the table – though a healthy 13 points above the drop zone.

Despite being without Ivan Toney – who, incidentally, has been targeted by United to bolster their frontline – for half of the season, they still managed to score 54 goals which is actually more than United have managed.

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