May 24, 2024

An renowned former player predicts that Sir Jim Ratcliffe will make his decision regarding Erik ten Hag swiftly, and that Manchester United won’t hesitate to fire the Dutchman this summer, especially in light of rumors that an aggressive move for Zinedine Zidane is about to be made.

Ten Hag’s first season in command of the Red Devils saw a lot of early promise rapidly evaporate, and the team has struggled with consistency throughout the season. Manchester United has already lost ten times in the Premier League this season, making it their worst season on record since 1930–1931. They also tumbled out of the Champions League after an ugly four losses from six games.

Naturally, this has increased the pressure on Ten Hag, who needs to win the FA Cup this year at the very least or, preferably, place in the top four in the Premier League to perhaps prevent his reign from coming to an early conclusion.

But with their Saturday Old Trafford loss to Fulham, United currently sits eight points behind fourth-place Aston Villa, a worrying distance, and little room for error in their bid to overtake Unai Emery’s team and make a Champions League comeback.

The Dutchman, who has looked to fumble from crisis to crisis throughout his second season in charge, may very well be out of a job if they are unable to secure a top-four spot.

Furthermore, the British billionaire Ratcliffe, an aspirational minority shareholder who recently completed his £1.4 billion purchase into 27.7% of the club, is anticipated to spare no effort in his goal to reestablish United as a premier team in both English and European football.

Ten Hag said that Man Utd will likely fire him.

Rio Ferdinand has reached that conclusion. Like his old Manchester United teammate Gary Neville, he believes that Ten Hag is essentially on trial from now until the end of the season.

With his position at Old Trafford essentially in jeopardy, Ferdinand has listed the precise circumstances that would result in the 54-year-old being let go.

On his FIVE YouTube channel, he stated: “A lot of moving pieces have to fall into place for him to stay if he runs it close [to finishing in the top four], if they see an upturn in form and the environment at the training ground and can see something where ‘we can see what it looks like going into next season if we add the right pieces to it.'”

“I think Jim Ratcliffe and his squad aren’t afraid to make huge decisions, especially if they don’t end the season well, are losing games, and the dressing room doesn’t seem like a happy place.

“They won’t be too upset if they have to fire him.They don’t, in my opinion, look at it and say, “We need to figure out the PR and media.” No, no. What is presently best for Manchester United? We’ll manage.

Fulham won 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday despite a disjointed defensive performance from United. Ferdinand feels that this is partly because players who are not in United’s starting lineup don’t appear to be able to perform their job.

Ferdinand said, “When you coach a team, you’re not just coaching 11 players; you’re coaching the entire squad.”

“Therefore, in order to execute a particular style of play, they should all know their roles and responsibilities when they arrive.”

Man Utd says Ten Hag doesn’t have an identity.

Ferdinand went on, “Man United just don’t play in a way that makes you think, ‘That is them.'”

“Observe the top teams; you are aware of their style of play. [Ange] City, [Manchester] Postecoglou—you already know how his team will perform. You already know how [Mikel] Arteta’s team will perform.

Ten Hag has led his team to 59 victories in 98 games, although his job appears precarious due to the amount of losses.

Ten Hag was referred to as “delusional” by Gabby Agbonlahor, another analyst, earlier in the week if he actually thought United possessed the capabilities necessary to place in the top four.

“Have you ever heard someone more delusional?” the former Villa striker asked talkSPORT as he evaluated their performance against Marco Silva’s team. It’s time to let go of a manager who exhibits delusions similar to those Ten Hag is displaying right now.

“Come on, be honest—your team was terrible. Each player for the entire ninety minutes. This season’s eighth loss at home. “The group displayed bravery by grabbing the equalizer.” Are you trying to manipulate me?

“Today they got exactly what they deserved,” Agbonlahor continued. “United have been getting away with bad performances and still winning games.” Manchester United today were a disgrace to that football club.”

Ratcliffe submitting a proposal to replace Zinedine Zidane

Ten Hag is reportedly under increasing pressure, and Ratcliffe and newly appointed sporting director Dan Ashworth have reportedly compiled a list of potential replacements for the Dutchman.

Those on that list include people like Ruben Amorim, Graham Potter, and Julen Lopetegui, however it’s possible that none of them have the “wow” factor necessary to handle one of the most demanding jobs in the world.

But all of that could soon change, as there are rumors that Jean-Claude Blanc, the head of INEOS, another rumored upcoming director job at United, has already set his sights on Zidane’s appointment as his successor.

Having received numerous honors throughout his playing career, the Frenchman is considered not just as one of the greatest players of all time, but also as one of the best coaches of the past 25 years—an all-too-rare combination that is uncommon in the modern game.

Blanc is reportedly a big fan and close colleague of Zidane, who has won the Champions League three times as a manager and once as a player.

A bid for the 51-year-old is expected to be made in the upcoming weeks, according to writer Santi Aouna of Foot Mercato, who called this goal a “oversized ambition” shared by both Ratcliffe and Blanc.

Aouna observes that Ratcliffe seems to be “not supporting” Ten Hag, stating that INEOS is “working behind the scenes on the recruitment of a new major coach.”

This information is released in the same week that Zidane announced he was eager to return to football and that he was “waiting on the right project to get back on track.”

Both his old team, Juventus, and Bayern Munich, who are looking for a replacement for Thomas Tuchel, have been linked to him as Max Allegri’s replacement.

Regarding a return to management, Zidane was cited as asking, “Why not? Anything is possible. I’m working on other projects right now, but we’ll see. I really want to go back on the bench.

It remains to be seen if that happens at United, but if the most recent claims are true, then Ratcliffe may have a significant advantage over their rivals for the legendary Frenchman due to Blanc’s impending job at Old Trafford.

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