Manchester United have reportedly begun planning for life after Erik ten Hag with two ‘alternatives’ considered to replace the under-pressure Dutchman. United suffered another setback on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford as they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Newcastle.
It’s the second resounding defeat in a matter of days for United at home with the atmosphere turning toxic inside their home ground. And it appears as though United’s board are considering moving on from the man they hired 18 months ago.
According to The Times, United have listed Zinedine Zidane and Ruben Amorim as ‘potential replacements’ for Ten Hag. The report does add that Ten Hag’s future is ‘hugely complicated’ due to the ownership situation amid Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s bid for 25 per cent of the club.
Ratcliffe’s INEOS business is expected to take control of the football side of things at United, which would include Ten Hag’s position as manager. There’s now huge amounts of pressure on Ten Hag for the club’s next three games before the final international break of the year.
But it’s claimed that some players have lost faith in Ten Hag being able to turn things around at United. The report states that a few members of the squad feel their boss doesn’t have the ‘right attributes’ needed to overturn their current turmoil.
However, Ten Hag isn’t giving up without a fight and he still believes he can bring back the good times at Old Trafford. He said: “I’m a fighter and I know it’s not always going up and we have a lot of setbacks this season so far, but you also have to deal with it and it’s never an excuse.
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“I have said before, when there are setbacks, the routines, the way of play are not similar, not the same, but even then you have to get the results in.
“Obviously, Sunday and tonight was far from that. We have to do things right, at a certain level, a minimum level to win games.
“I understand [the scrutiny]. When the results are not there then there is a logical process questioning that. I am confident I can do it. I have done it at all my clubs and also last year, I did it here as well.
“But at this moment, we are also in a bad place. I take responsibility for it. I see it as a challenge, I’m a fighter, I am in the fight and I have to make sure I share the responsibility with the players that we stick together, fight together and get better results in.”
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