Speculation is brewing that Manchester United may turn to Feyenoord manager Arne Slot if they decide to part ways with Dutch head coach Erik ten Hag.
Ten Hag is currently in his second season at the helm of Old Trafford but has already found himself facing substantial pressure.
Under the Dutchman’s guidance, the Red Devils had a successful 2022/23 season, clinching the Carabao Cup and securing a top-four finish. However, their 2023/24 Premier League campaign has had a rocky start, with three losses in their first five matches.
While there is no immediate indication of Ten Hag’s dismissal, it’s evident that this situation cannot be tolerated indefinitely.
On the other hand, Arne Slot has emerged as one of Europe’s most respected young coaches. Last season, he drew interest from Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur but opted to help Feyenoord clinch the Eredivisie title.
According to Dutch outlet 1908.nl (via Sport Witness), there’s a genuine possibility that Manchester United may pursue Slot if they decide to part company with Ten Hag.
It’s suggested that Ten Hag has failed to make a significant impact since arriving at Manchester United, while Slot is regarded as a true rising star in the world of management.
Furthermore, Slot’s accomplishments at Feyenoord deserve more recognition, and there are hints that he could be on the verge of a move to a European football powerhouse.
Ten Hag recently acknowledged the “pressure” he’s facing due to Manchester United’s concerning start to the season.
“The pressure is always there. It was last year, and this year is no different,” Ten Hag remarked.
“At United, you have to win your games. We have to improve, and I can’t be distracted. We have to improve. Individuals have to step up. Sometimes you go through rough patches, and you have to confront them.”
In an exclusive interview with TEAMtalk, Robbie Savage suggested that if Manchester United aren’t in a better position “by Christmas,” it might be time for a managerial change.
“If things don’t change by Christmas, I think it might be time for a change,” Savage told TEAMtalk.
“Results will determine what happens to Hag because by then, we’ll know where they stand in the Champions League. If they fail to advance from the group stage and either drop into the Europa League or exit the competition altogether, I think that will inevitably shape the remainder of the season. However, the time for action is not now; it’s still two and a half months away.”