Second leading journalist claims Erik ten Hag will be sacked after FA Cup final – Man United News And Transfer News


Another prominent journalist has claimed that Erik ten Hag will be sacked as Manchester United manager tomorrow after the FA Cup final against Manchester City.

Transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio claimed this week that the decision to sack Ten Hag was made more than a month ago, and now The GuardianJacob Steinberg corroborates the story, stating in an “exclusive” that “a well-placed source said that even winning the Cup wouldn’t save Ten Hag.”

Like Di Marzio, Steinberg says INEOS has made its first major decision since becoming 25% owner of the club and assuming control of all football operations.

He also noted that “United declined to comment after being approached by The Guardian.”

He adds that “United have identified Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Kieran McKenna, Graham Potter and Thomas Frank as possible replacements.”

The absence from the list of Roberto de Zerbi, who has resigned as Brighton coach, may surprise many. The omission of Gareth Southgate is also interesting.

On the other hand, Frank’s inclusion will surprise some.

Ten Hag himself has refused to be swayed by reports that he is about to lose his job. When asked at the pre-match press conference yesterday to comment on the reports, he simply said:

“I have nothing to say. I just concentrate on the work I have to do and that is first to win the game on Saturday and then the project, move forward with the project.”

It surely would have been easy for the manager to dismiss the claims as false if they were not true. Many have also pointed out that it would have been easy for INEOS to dispel the rumors and back the manager in recent weeks, when he came under significant criticism.

United’s eighth place finish in the Premier League this season and failure to qualify for the Champions League are the main reasons cited for the Dutchman’s dismissal.

He has consistently pointed to the horrendous injury crisis that has plagued his team all season as mitigation for his team’s failures. It is also true that if United win the cup tomorrow, their haul of two trophies in two seasons is very respectable for a team in transition.

On the other hand, the cynically defensive style of play adopted this season, several high-profile disputes with players and the possibility that his own training methods may have contributed to the injuries he has cited are factors that may have weighed heavily on his decision. INEOS, if Di Marzio and Steinberg are right.


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