Amidst rising uncertainties around Erik ten Hag’s tenure at Old Trafford, insights have been shared on the Manchester United manager’s position. In a discussion with GiveMeSport, Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth opened up about the potential risks to ten Hag’s job.
Despite a substantial £180 million investment in new players during the summer transfer window, Manchester United is on shaky ground as they prepare for their Carabao Cup fourth-round clash against Newcastle United on Wednesday. The team is still reeling from a disappointing defeat last weekend, adding to their worst start to a season since 1989, with four losses in the first seven matches.
The recent 3-0 loss to rivals Manchester City, marked by a Erling Haaland double and a Phil Foden goal, has intensified the scrutiny on ten Hag’s leadership. Reports from the Daily Mail suggest unrest within the squad, as players are reportedly discontent with ten Hag’s direct management style, which they believe is disrupting the team’s cohesion. Additionally, internal disputes are said to be playing a part in the team’s current predicament.
The handling of player relationships, including the situation with Jadon Sancho, is another area of concern. It’s believed that ten Hag’s decision to facilitate Sancho’s exit due to an irreparable relationship has done little to foster unity within the team.
When asked about ten Hag’s job security, Sheth expressed doubts, emphasizing the precarious nature of football management and the importance of positive results, something Manchester United has struggled to achieve consistently since the season began.
“How can any manager say that they’re completely safe? The nature of the job is results as the currency and Manchester United aren’t getting those results. Erik ten Hag is not getting those results.
“But as far as we know, they still see Erik ten Hag at Manchester United as the long-term project. There are things going on in the background, particularly more on the potential takeover.
“With Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his team looking after the football operations, is that going to add a little bit more pressure to Erik ten Hag or do they indeed see ten Hag as the man to lead Manchester United forward?”
This imminent change in the club’s hierarchy, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s minority ownership deal in the pipeline, could potentially add to the pressure on ten Hag, depending on how the new management views his role in the club’s future.