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Ten Hag’s replacement search is on, INEOS meets with possible ones

Manchester United

The Red Devils finished eighth in the Premier League under Ten Hag. This marks their worst-ever finish in the competition. They were also eliminated from Europe at the first opportunity. Additionally, the club failed to defend their Carabao Cup title, losing in the Round of 16.

Injuries played a significant role in their poor performance, but manager Erik ten Hag’s tactics severely undermined his players. Despite knowing the strengths and weaknesses of his squad, the Dutchman persisted with a high-transition system that failed miserably from the season’s first game.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is currently conducting a season review, and Ten Hag is still waiting for clarity on his future. The FA Cup win has made his potential dismissal costlier, and fans have appealed to retain him due to the lack of top-class managerial options. Kieran McKenna has decided to stay at Ipswich Town, leaving Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino as the only viable alternatives. Links with Gareth Southgate and Graham Potter are also circulating.

The German’s track record with those in power is not the best, while the Argentine has struggled in recent roles. From a fan’s perspective, Southgate and Potter would be underwhelming appointments. However, as transfer expert Fabrizio Romano pointed out, INEOS continues to speak with potential replacements despite publicly claiming they are conducting a season review.

“The internal review is still ongoing, so Erik ten Hag is waiting for Manchester United to communicate their decision. Let’s see as also in the last three to four days, I’m hearing that Manchester United had new conversations with some agents and representatives of other managers.

“So the situation remains quite open. I think they are assessing all the potential options in order to decide whether it’s better to continue with Ten Hag or go for another manager,” Romano told Givemesport.

United arrange meetings with possible Ten Hag replacements:

A decision was expected this week, and all eyes are on Sir Jim. United cannot afford to delay this major decision as it affects their transfer business as well. The fans are growing impatient, and the uncertainty is taking a toll on the club’s overall performance.

Despite the challenges, there have been some positive aspects of Ten Hag’s tenure. His ability to nurture young talent and instill a fighting spirit in the team has not gone unnoticed. However, his tactical decisions and inability to adapt to changing circumstances have raised serious questions about his suitability for the job.

The board’s indecision is impacting the team’s preparations for the upcoming season. Players are uncertain about their futures, and potential signings are hesitant to commit. This situation has left the club in a precarious position, with the risk of falling further behind their rivals.

While fans have expressed their frustration, many still believe in Ten Hag’s vision and hope that he will be given another chance. The board must weigh the pros and cons carefully and make a decision that is in the best interest of the club.

If a change is made, it must be swift and decisive. The new manager will need time to assess the squad, implement their strategies, and prepare for the new season. Any further delays will only exacerbate the club’s problems and diminish their chances of success.

The coming days are crucial for Manchester United. The club’s future hangs in the balance, and the decisions made now will have long-lasting implications. Whether they stick with Ten Hag or opt for a new direction, the priority must be to restore stability and set the foundation for a successful campaign.

As the review continues, all stakeholders are watching closely. The fans, the players, and the management are all eager for resolution. The path chosen will define the club’s trajectory and, hopefully, lead to a brighter future.

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