Erik ten Hag responds to claims Man Utd are on the verge of sacking him

Erik ten Hag has played down reports that he will be sacked by Manchester United after the FA Cup final and insists he is fully focused on winning the game against rivals Manchester City.

Reports on Friday claimed United had already decided to part ways with Ten Hag regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s clash at Wembley, following a tumultuous, injury-ravaged season in which the Red Devils recorded their worst Premier League result. .

Kieran McKenna, Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Tuchel and Thomas Frank are believed to be on a shortlist of four possible replacements, with no secret that United are exploring alternatives.

United lifted the Carabao Cup in Ten Hag’s first season in charge and were narrowly beaten by City in the FA Cup final. The two will meet once again this weekend, with Pep Guardiola’s side once again crowned Premier League champions, and United’s defeat could force new minority owners INEOS into a management change.

Ten Hag didn’t seem too concerned in his pre-final press conference, but chuckled when asked about the reports: “I have nothing to say.

“I’m just concentrating on the job I have to do and that is first to win the game on Saturday and then we’ll be on the project. Move forward on the project.”

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He continued about his ambition: “I came here to win trophies. On Saturday I have the next opportunity and we achieved it, we earned this opportunity as a team and now we have to go for it.”

“At the same time, in the last two years, of course, after each season you review it and then we will see where we are in the project and the things we have to change.

“We’ve been talking about it lately. There are very good things in the background: players who are growing, players who are developing, values ‚Äč‚Äčthat are emerging. And, at the same time, on Saturday we have a great opportunity to win the next trophy.”

United will be without former captain Harry Maguire due to injury but could welcome plenty of other first-team players back to the treatment table. Among those returning could be Raphael Varane, who, if he starts, will partner Lisandro Martínez in what will be his last game for the club before leaving on a free transfer.

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