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Erik ten Hag’s exit may be near but when will the Manchester United cycle stop? | Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag’s exit may be near but when will the Manchester United cycle stop? | Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag arrived at Manchester United promising to inspire flowing, thrilling transition football. And, you have to say, mission accomplished. You only had to watch Crystal Palace pouring forward at speed on Monday night, or Sheffield United bombing up the pitch at Old Trafford a couple of weeks ago, or indeed Coventry City in the recent FA Cup semi-final. Thanks to Ten Hag, United fans are being treated to sumptuous counterattacking fare on a near-weekly basis, even if – unhappily for Ten Hag’s job prospects – most of it these days seems to be getting played by the opposition. Yes: it’s an even-numbered year, so we’re discussing whether the Manchester United manager should be sacked. And so to David Moyes (2014), Louis van Gaal (2016), José Mourinho (2018), Ole Gunnar Solskjær (a pandemic-delayed 2021) and Ralf Rangnick (2022) can almost certainly be added Ten Hag (2024), another well-credentialled manager who just didn’t have what it takes to manage a massive club like United. Seriously unlucky! How do they keep ending up with these guys? Ten …

Erik ten Hag’s Ming the Merciless act has given United only flashes of glory | Erik ten Hag

Erik ten Hag’s Ming the Merciless act has given United only flashes of glory | Erik ten Hag

And so the real business begins. The four months since Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Ineos bought a little over a quarter of Manchester United have been the phoney war. No transfers could be done, so little could be changed on the pitch. The task of Ratcliffe and his advisers was to watch and learn and rejig the executive tier so that when the window opens they are ready to act. That rejig has been more dramatic than many anticipated. The chief executive, Richard Arnold, and the football director, John Murtough, are just the highest profile departures. Omar Berrada will come in as chief executive from Manchester City when his notice period expires on 13 July while Murtough has effectively been replaced by Jason Wilcox, the new technical director, and Dan Ashworth, who will come in once the terms of his severance from Newcastle have been agreed. Other changes were announced on Tuesday in what feels like a general process of Ineos-ification, suggesting Ratcliffe may have a far bigger hand in the business side of United’s …

Erik ten Hag labels reaction to Manchester United’s Coventry win ’embarrassing’ and a ‘disgrace’

Erik ten Hag labels reaction to Manchester United’s Coventry win ’embarrassing’ and a ‘disgrace’

Ten Hag admitted Antony should not have acted in such fashion but revealed that his behaviour was a reaction to early provocation from Coventry players. “Did you see the reaction of Harry Maguire?” Ten Hag asked. “He [Antony] was provoked. This was a reaction to that. You haven’t seen the provocation, you only saw the reaction. But he should not do it. “But I have also seen Harry Maguire straight after and others. We should acknowledge the performance from Coventry to come into that final and come back. We are for 70 minutes totally dominating the game by far and creating many chances and 3-0 must have been the game closed. But the return from their side was very good.” United play bottom club Sheffield United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night when Ten Hag could be without at least 12 senior players after his squad was further decimated by injuries sustained against Coventry. Ten Hag has doubts over Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford and hopes Alejandro Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes can recover from fitness …

‘He’s gone’ – Erik ten Hag decision ‘already made’ as Sir Jim Ratcliffe has new manager incoming

‘He’s gone’ – Erik ten Hag decision ‘already made’ as Sir Jim Ratcliffe has new manager incoming

Alan Shearer believes Sir Jim Ratcliffe and the Manchester United hierarchy may have already made their decision on Erik ten Hag’s future as manager. Ten Hag is under increasing pressure at United and his side’s limp collapse in the FA Cup semi-final against Coventry – which they only won on penalties after losing a 3-0 lead – has weakened his position. Thomas Tuchel, the current Bayern Munich manager and former boss of PSG and Chelsea, is the latest high-profile name to be linked to the United job with many now expecting Ten Hag to depart when the season ends. The Dutchman called speculation regarding his future “crazy” after the Coventry tie, but Shearer gets the sense that Ten Hag is running out of rope at Old Trafford. Speaking on The Rest is Football podcast, the former England striker said: “I think the future of the Manchester United manager is determined. Even if they win the FA Cup, I think he’s gone, I don’t think it matters. ALSO READ: Ten Hag responds to ‘crazy’ speculation over …

Injury-hit Man United braced for tough test at Chelsea, says Ten Hag

Injury-hit Man United braced for tough test at Chelsea, says Ten Hag

MANCHESTER, England : Manchester United next visit a Chelsea side who may be reeling in 12th place in the Premier League but have the ability to beat just about any team, manager Erik ten Hag said on the eve of Thursday’s Premier League clash. United are sixth in the standings with 48 points, 11 behind fourth-placed Aston Villa but with a game in hand and need a win at Stamford Bridge in the pursuit of Champions League football. They defeated Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea side 2-1 at Old Trafford in December thanks to a Scott McTominay double. “It’s a tough competition, it’s very tight and also a lot about which players are available and not,” Ten Hag told reporters. “When you are on the right side of the line you can have a successful season but when on the wrong side you can have a much more difficult season. “For the rest they (Chelsea) have a fantastic team, fantastic players and play very good football, they can beat anyone and have shown in this league.” United …

‘We didn’t deserve to win’: Ten Hag asks for more desire after Brentford draw | Manchester United

‘We didn’t deserve to win’: Ten Hag asks for more desire after Brentford draw | Manchester United

Erik ten Hag criticised his players’ lack of aggression as Manchester United scraped a 1-1 draw at Brentford, but seemed unconcerned by the number of shots his side continue to concede. United struggled all game but took the lead through Mason Mount after 96 minutes, before Brentford’s 31st shot of the game finally beat André Onana for a 99th-minute equaliser. “We didn’t deserve to win,” Ten Hag said, “but if you’re winning you have to take this. I would say normally we are very good in these circumstances. “We showed resilience all through the game but in points of aggressiveness Brentford were better. We should show more passion and desire at many moments in the game. When you don’t play well you still have to win and we did it almost – that is my big disappointment that we didn’t bring it over the line. There was spirit and there was fight but not enough.” Many, though, would ask why United find themselves in such circumstances so often. They have conceded 254 shots in their past 12 …

United’s Ten Hag heaps praise on youthful Garnacho

United’s Ten Hag heaps praise on youthful Garnacho

MANCHESTER, England : Alejandro Garnacho made the difference in Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Everton on Saturday, creating both penalties with his deft dribbles in the box that proved nightmarish for Everton. The 19-year-old United winger has started every game since late October, emerging as a player manager Erik ten Hag can count on with a consistency that belies his age. “He’s progressing very well and we are very pleased with this,” Ten Hag said. “His contribution today was huge, his runs, his dribbles. It’s attractive as well for the audience, obviously we want to show something. I think well-deserved penalties.” Captain Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford stepped up to convert the first-half penalties that helped keep United’s hopes of a top-four finish alive. They are sixth in the table, eight points adrift of fourth-placed Aston Villa. Ten Hag believes Garnacho will only continue to improve. “It’s about him and if he can keep the focus and he puts the right effort in, in the game and also during the week,” the Dutchman said. “Sometimes …

Marcus Rashford’s absence from Manchester United an ‘internal matter’, says Ten Hag | UK News

Marcus Rashford’s absence from Manchester United an ‘internal matter’, says Ten Hag | UK News

Marcus Rashford’s absence from Manchester United is an “internal matter”, Erik ten Hag has said as speculation mounts about the striker. The 26-year-old forward was left out of Ten Hag’s squad against Newport County on Sunday, three days after he was reportedly seen at a nightclub in Belfast. The Man United manager said after the FA Cup game that Rashford “reported ill” on Friday and was unavailable. “The rest is an internal matter,” he said. “I deal with it, we will deal with it.” When Ten Hag arrived at the club in 2022, he said there was a “no good culture” and has attempted to tackle disciplinary issues during his time at Old Trafford. When asked on Sunday if Rashford was an example of that “no good culture”, Ten Hag refused to answer. “I don’t go in this case,” he said. “We talked before about it, we played a good game, and now we move on.” Jadon Sancho, who is now playing for Borussia Dortmund on loan, did not play in any games for Man …

Erik ten Hag tells United to ‘grow up’ after conceding soft goals against Spurs | Manchester United

Erik ten Hag tells United to ‘grow up’ after conceding soft goals against Spurs | Manchester United

Erik ten Hag criticised his Manches­ter United players for not being “more man” at corners as his team twice let the lead slip in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham. Goals from Rasmus Højlund and Marcus Rashford put United ahead on three and 40 minutes but ­Richarlison and Rodrigo Bentancur pegged the hosts back. Richarlison’s header came from a corner at which Aaron Wan‑Bissaka lost the No 9, and from two more ­corners Diogo Dalot cleared a ­Bentancur attempt off the line and Cristian Romero hit the bar. The game was the first attended by Sir Jim Ratcliffe since the Ineos ­owner’s 25% buy-in was announced. Ten Hag was asked what the 71‑year‑old had seen. “He will have seen a team fighting for each other and trying to get a win,” the manager told Sky Sports. “He has seen two great goals on our side and also what he should have noticed is we should be more man when we have to defend corners. “You have to grow up and be more physical, head the ball away. That …

Ten Hag happy as Casemiro, Martinez, Shaw return to training

Ten Hag happy as Casemiro, Martinez, Shaw return to training

MANCHESTER, England : Manchester United’s Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw have returned to training and could be available for Sunday’s Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur, manager Erik ten Hag said on Friday. United have been plagued by injuries this season and are languishing eighth in the table, nine points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal. They ended last year with a 2-1 loss at Nottingham Forest which kept the pressure firmly on the Dutch manager. “It is positive they are back on the training ground and they will go back to the team and then to 100 per cent match fitness,” Ten Hag told reporters. “We have more choice in this moment in the squad to put out a starting 11 and create a bench that is stronger. “(Christian) Eriksen will return, Antony will return, Amad Diallo will return.” French forward Anthony Martial, who has been sidelined for more than a month with an undisclosed illness, is still not available. “We want the players to be fit and in this moment he is not,” Ten …