Manchester United is contemplating the dismissal of Erik ten Hag in the upcoming weeks, prompted by a devastating Champions League loss during an away match against Copenhagen.
Suffering at the bottom of their Champions League group, the Red Devils face a daunting task to progress to the competition’s next round following a dismal 4-3 collapse in Denmark.
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The match, marked by a fluctuating and intense exchange, resulted in Marcus Rashford’s expulsion, culminating in Copenhagen securing all three points with a goal from 17-year-old Roony Bardghji in the final moments.
With Manchester United currently trailing six points from the Premier League’s top four, mounting pressure on Ten Hag is fueling rumors of the Glazers considering an imminent dismissal of the Dutchman.
According to Football Insider, the prospective new investor, INEOS billionaire, and Nice owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is reportedly planning to relieve Ten Hag from his duties less than 18 months after his appointment.
Despite Ten Hag’s previous accomplishments of securing the League Cup in his first season and guiding United to a third-place finish in the table, it’s rumored that Brighton’s manager, Roberto De Zerbi, would step in to take over if Ratcliffe’s intentions come to fruition.
Contrastingly, The Sun suggests that the esteemed former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, might advise Ratcliffe to retain Ten Hag for the time being.
“Erik has Sir Alex’s unwavering support. He’s been hugely supportive of Erik since he arrived at the club,” the report states.
“He’s impressed at the job he is doing and, in particular, the way he has taken on big decisions.
“If consulted, that’s a position he would be prepared to make clear to any new investors who come into the football club.”