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Gary Lineker fears he could 'upset' Man Utd fans after naming potential next manager to replace Erik ten Hag

Gary Lineker fears he could 'upset' Man Utd fans after naming potential next manager to replace Erik ten Hag

Lineker took a risk.

Gary Lineker joked about potentially 'upsetting' Erik ten Hag again, when discussing who could potentially take over at Old Trafford next season.

Ten Hag's position as United manager is currently in an extremely ambiguous state, as it was reported he would be sacked despite winning the FA Cup for the club.

The Dutchman's side ran out 2-1 winners against Man City at Wembley, with goals from teenagers Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo.

Following the game, Lineker received backlash alongside Alan Shearer for their post-match interview with Ten Hag on the BBC.

In the interview, Ten Hag was grilled by the pundits over his future and United's poor performances despite having just lifted the FA Cup.

Following the match, reports still suggest Ten Hag will be leaving the club despite his victory which would make him the second Premier League boss to lose his job unexpectedly.

The first being Mauricio Pochettino who left Chelsea by 'mutual consent' last week.

Speaking on The Rest is Football, Lineker and co spoke about their shock at Pochettino's exit, and where he could up next.

"There were a few rumours about Pochettino and he said a few things that made you think all was not well at Chelsea," Lineker said.

"But I just couldn’t believe it [his sacking]. It doesn’t make any sense. In terms of Pochettino, the way they finished the season, and his position as a coach, I don’t think that’s gone down at all in people’s minds."

Lineker risked it all with United fans, as he joked at a potential destination for the former Chelsea and Spurs boss.

"I think he’ll be fine and will get a good job. I’m tempted to say possibly Manchester United but we don’t want to upset Erik or the United fans again," he joked.

Erik ten Hag- Getty
Erik ten Hag- Getty

The Match of the Day presenter had already responded to the criticism of the interview, again on The Rest is Football podcast.

"He came over and he didn't seem very happy right from the start. I think he also had a pop at Roy Keane, so he obviously had something in his mind when he came over," he said.

"I asked the question, 'Do you think you've been unfairly treated by pundits, and even us?' Obviously, it's our job to be critical on occasion, we have to say what we think," Lineker explained.

Featured Image Credit: The Rest is Football/Getty

Topics: Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag, Gary Lineker, FA Cup, Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea