It can be said that coach Erik Ten Hag’s first season as captain at Old Trafford went extremely smoothly. Not only did he help Manchester United return to the Champions League and win their first title after many years of “empty hands”, the Dutch strategist was also praised by experts and fans for his ability to manage the dressing room. stuff, especially Cristiano Ronaldo’s noisy handling.
However, entering the second season, few people expected that what was waiting for Ten Hag would be a nightmare. After 10 rounds, Manchester United is sinking in the middle of the Premier League rankings with 5 defeats, and soon became the “former king” of the Carabao Cup after a humiliating loss right at Old Trafford against Newcastle. In addition, Man Utd’s dressing room is also gradually becoming unstable, with many information showing that the players have begun to be skeptical about Ten Hag.
Recently, it is not difficult to see reports from the media confirming that Ten Hag still has the trust of Man Utd’s leadership, even when Sir Jim Ratcliffe bought 25% of the club’s shares. However, after two consecutive defeats with a score of 0-3, it seems that the Old Trafford team has changed its stance towards Ten Hag, and The former captain of Ajax seems to have received an “ultimatum” from the Red Devils.
Specifically, according to a revelation from Jamie Jackson, a journalist affiliated with The Guardian, Ten Hag needs to help Man Utd reap positive results in the upcoming series of matches if he does not want to receive a dismissal order from the board of directors. Jackson affirmed that, although he did not want to fire Ten Hag, 8 defeats after 15 appearances in all competitions was clearly an unacceptable achievement. Therefore, the upper echelons at Old Trafford want to see improvements quickly.
Furthermore, according to information from The Times, an internal source from Man Utd confirmed that the last two defeats actually put Ten Hag at risk of being fired, and at the same time the Old Trafford team also has begun to consider potential options to succeed the Dutch strategist. Among them, there are two specific names mentioned: coach Zinedine Zidane and captain of Sporting CP, coach Ruben Amorim.
Man Utd’s next opponents in November are Fulham, Copenhagen, Luton Town, Everton and Galatasaray. To be fair, fans have every right to expect that Man Utd will win all 15 points from these 5 matches, because these are all teams that are rated lower than the Red Devils. Therefore, if it continues to receive 2 or 3 more failures, perhaps Ten Hag is completely worthy of being fired from the board of directors.
Huynh Phong | 23:01 November 3, 2023