Manchester United’s season has taken a frustrating turn with a string of poor performances and results, including a disheartening 3-0 loss to Newcastle United in the EFL Cup. This recent defeat marked United’s worst start to a season since the 1962/63 campaign, raising questions about the future of manager Erik ten Hag.
Following the cup exit, Ten Hag expressed his remorse for the fans, acknowledging that the team’s performance was well below their standards. He emphasized the need to rectify the situation swiftly and raise their performance levels in upcoming matches.
Reports have surfaced in the past 48 hours suggesting that the Glazers, who own Manchester United, and potential new investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe may consider sacking Ten Hag due to the club’s dismal form.
However, according to 90min reporters Graeme Bailey and Scott Saunders, Ten Hag’s job appears to be secure. They state that both the Glazers and Ratcliffe, along with Sir Dave Brailsford and others poised to assume control, have confidence in Ten Hag’s position, and he retains the full backing of the Manchester United hierarchy.
The pressure on Ten Hag is expected to continue unless there’s a turnaround in results. United’s next fixture is an early kick-off against Fulham on Saturday, where a defeat could see them drop into the bottom half of the Premier League.
With a packed schedule through the end of the year after the next international break, it remains to be seen how patient Sir Jim Ratcliffe will be with the Dutchman if results fail to improve. However, for now, Ten Hag’s job appears to be safe.