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Gareth Southgate breaks silence on Manchester United links

English manager Gareth Southgate has dismissed the ‘completely disrespectful’ rumours linking him with Manchester United. 

It was recently reported that Sir Jim Ratcliffe had settled on Southgate as his preferred candidate to replace Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford. 

Ten Hag is under pressure at United despite leading them to the FA Cup semi-final with a 4-3 victory against Liverpool. 

Addressing speculation ahead of England’s friendly against Brazil, Southgate said he is only focused on his current job with the Three Lions. 

He said (as quoted by ESPN): “I think there are two things from my point of view – one is that I’m the England manager.

“I’ve got one job basically – to try and deliver a European Championship. Clearly, before that, there are two important games this week.”

“The second thing is – Manchester United have a manager and I think it is always completely disrespectful when there is a manager in place.

“I’m president of the LMA [League Managers’ Association], so I don’t have any time for that sort of thing really.”

Southgate has failed to win major silverware with England during his time in charge. 

He came close to winning the 2020 European Championship when England reached the final at Wembley Stadium, but they lost on penalties to Italy. 

The Euro 2024 tournament will probably be his last opportunity to win a major trophy with the Three Lions. 

Given the wealth of talent at his disposal, England could win the upcoming tournament in Germany. 

If that happens, he would probably extend his contract and continue in his role. However, failing to pull off the feat will likely see him step down.

Man United is unlikely to be Southgate’s next destination, as his appointment at Old Trafford would be hugely unpopular with the fans.