Ten Hag reveals what he was ‘directly told’ when ‘cr*p’ Red Devils ‘decide to fire’ manager

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag insists the Red Devils have told him “directly” that they “want to rebuild” with him in charge next season.

The Dutchman had a promising first season in charge at Old Trafford with Ten Hag leading the Red Devils to an FA Cup final, a Carabao Cup title and a top-four finish in the Premier League.

However, things have not gone as planned this quarter with Man Utd They were knocked out of Europe before Christmas after finishing bottom of their Champions League group, while they could only finish eighth in the Premier League in a disappointing campaign.

Ten Hag has one last chance at success this season in Saturday’s FA Cup final against arch-rivals Man City, but most critics give the Red Devils little chance of winning.

The reliable journalist Jacob Steinberg wrote in The Guardian on Friday that Man Utd made the decision to sack Ten Hag after the FA Cup final, whether they win it or not.

And Steinberg also named Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Kieran McKenna, Graham Potter and Thomas Frank as the candidates under consideration to replace the Man Utd boss.

But Ten Hag has insisted that Man Utd have told him he will be boss next season and that they see him leading the rebuild under Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS at Old Trafford.

Ten Hag told a Dutch media International Voetbal: “They said they want to change everything and that they want to rebuild with me, that’s what they told me directly.

“Let me be clear. It’s been bad. It’s been shit. But regardless, we’re going to play in an FA Cup final.”

Ten Hag also lamented the “really crazy” injury crisis he had to manage this season at Man Utd as they struggled to put together a consistent starting XI.

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The Manchester United manager added: “The injuries have been really crazy. Not long ago I had to start my fifteenth different centre-back duo of the season. I’ve had 33 different defensive lines this season!

“Sofyan Amrabat had to play four times as a left back. We have had injuries all over the field. Casemiro has been out for a long time. Rasmus Hojlund, the striker we bought, suffered three injuries and I can go on and on. This is the central story of our season.

“Tyrell Malacia didn’t play a single minute of football this season. In fact, he wasn’t even on the training field for a single moment.

“We signed him as our back-up for Luke Shaw, who is the best left-back in the world. This boy is so good. But he suffered a horrible injury at the beginning of his career and because of that he will never be able to play 60 games a season.”