Manchester United are reportedly planning to offer Erik ten Hag a new contract after just entering his second year as the club’s manager.
In his first season at Old Trafford, Ten Hag achieved a respectable third place finish in the Premier League, reached the final of the FA Cup and won United’s first trophy since 2017, the EFL Cup.
On the other hand, the 2023-24 season has largely been a struggle with four losses in the opening eight matches against Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Brighton and Bayern Munich.
It is difficult to say that those losses weren’t expected though, especially considering the quality of the opposition and the amount of injuries Ten Hag has had to deal with.
Before their Champions League encounter against Bayern Munich, United had all of Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Sergio Reguilon, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Mason Mount, Antony and Jadon Sancho unavailable for selection.
Such a lengthy list of absentees certainly did not make Ten Hag’s job of providing positive results and performances at the start of this season any easier.
However, there is certainly room for optimism for Manchester United’s head coach, as we most recently saw in the 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup.
Raphael Varane, Sofyan Amrabat and Mason Mount all returned to the starting lineup for that game and the contrast in performance and the end result were felt straight away.
Now, according to 90min, Manchester United are planning to open new contract talks with Erik ten Hag.
The Dutchman’s current contract runs until 2025, with an option for a further year.
Manchester United’s Chief Executive Richard Arnold and Football Director John Murtough are understood to be very happy with ten Hag and continue to give him their full backing, as revealed by Scott Saunders and Graeme Bailey of 90min.
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