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‘Honoured, but no truth’: Wolves manager Gary O’Neil responds to Man United links

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Gary O’Neil has denied rumours linking him with a move to a potential coaching role at Manchester United. 

Erik ten Hag is in the midst of a challenging season at Old Trafford.

With new co-owners at United, pressure is on the Dutchman to impress INEOS chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Gary O’Neil responded to the links to United ahead of Wolves’ Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Saturday.

He said (via SkySportsNews): “No, no truth. I don’t know where it came from. 

“Obviously I’ve heard about it, but I think firstly, growing up Liverpool and Manchester United always felt special.

“They’re real special clubs, so it’s an honour to be linked, even though there is no truth in it, but as you can imagine, all my focus is on Wolves.

“Of course, when your name is mentioned with one of the biggest clubs in world football it’s always an honour, but as I’ve said, I love it here, I’m a head coach and I’ll always be a head coach.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Wolves.”

United would be a step too far for O’Neil 

Ten Hag has failed to bring consistency to United. He had a fine debut season, but the expectations were bigger this season.

United are currently sixth in the Premier League and in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification.

The FA Cup offers them the last opportunity to grab silverware this term.

If United qualify for the Champions League, Ratcliffe may retain Ten Hag’s services.

O’Neil has won many admirers since taking over at Wolves last summer. His side are ninth in the table and could qualify for Europe.

The 40-year-old has done well at Molineux, but moving to United would be a step too far for him.