Ten Hag sacks Man Utd boss as ‘outsized aspirations’ see Ratcliffe zone in on four-time Champions League winning upgrading

According to teamtalk, Manchester United will have no qualms about sacking Erik ten Hag this summer, according to an iconic former player who believes Sir Jim Ratcliffe will quickly pronounce his verdict on the Dutchman, amid reports that an ambitious move for Zinedine Zidane is on the cards.

The Red Devils have struggled with inconsistency all season, with Ten Hag’s early promise from his first season in command gradually fading. Manchester United have now lost 10 times in the Premier League this season, making it their worst season on record since 1930/31, after failing to qualify for the Champions League with four defeats in six games.

Understandably, this has increased the pressure on Ten Hag, who must win the FA Cup this season or, preferably, finish in the top four of the Premier League to avoid an early end to his rule. However, following Saturday’s defeat to Fulham at Old Trafford, United are currently eight points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa, with little margin for error in their bid to beat Unai Emery’s team and return to the Champions League.

Indeed, many believe that failing to secure a top-four spot might mean the end of the Dutchman’s tenure, as he has looked to stumble from crisis to crisis throughout his second season in charge. And, with ambitious minority stakeholder Ratcliffe just completing his £1.4 billion purchase in 27.7% of the club, the British billionaire is anticipated to go to any length to re-establish United as a dominant force in English and European football.

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Ten Hag said he can expect Man Utd’s sacking.

That is the conclusion of Rio Ferdinand, who, like his former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville, believes Ten Hag is virtually on trial between now and the end of the season. With his position at Old Trafford on the line, Ferdinand has identified the specific elements that might lead to the 54-year-old’s dismissal.

On his FIVE YouTube show, he stated that if he finishes in the top four, and there is an improvement in his form and training environment, he may be able to stay. However, many factors must align for him to stay.

“If they don’t end the season well, they’re losing games, and it appears that the dressing room isn’t a peaceful place, one thing I’d say is that Jim Ratcliffe and his squad aren’t afraid to make tough decisions. “It won’t be a huge deal if they have to [fire him]. I don’t believe they look at it and say, “We need to figure out the media and PR.” No, no. What’s best for Manchester United now? We will do.”

United’s defensive performance was fragmented as Fulham deservedly won 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday, and Ferdinand feels that players outside United’s usual starting XI do not appear capable of completing a job, owing partly to the club’s lack of identity.

“If you coach a team, you’re not just coaching 11 – it’s everyone in the squad,” Ferdinand went on to say. “So when they come in, they should all have their roles and responsibilities to be able to implement a certain way of playing.”

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