When players like Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount, and Andre Onana joined Manchester United during the summer transfer window, it appeared as though Erik ten Hag had completed the Old Trafford puzzle and was prepared to go above and beyond a top-four finish. But as of seven games into the season, the opposite is actually true.
Ten Hag’s future at Man Utd updated
After losing four of their first seven Premier League games, the Red Devils are on the cusp of a disaster. They have already added a Champions League loss at Old Trafford to their mounting problems. After an update from Old Trafford surfaced, analyst Frank McAvennie offered his opinion on the future of Ten Hag.
Football Insider claims that the Manchester United board is still firmly in support of Ten Hag and believes that the former Ajax coach is the most qualified to turn around the team’s problems. Having had a fantastic first season at Old Trafford, he has a lot of momentum going for him, but the assessment notes that his performance needs to improve. Following the update, when asked if Ten Hag should have a future at United, McAvennie gave the same website a critical assessment, saying:
“No, not right now. He needs to be fired. When Ronaldo walked there and attacked all the players, I knew something was wrong because that was a terrible indictment. He thought he could do it his own way and didn’t want [Cristiano] Ronaldo, in my opinion, so he didn’t do it right. He has not fulfilled his promise, thus I do not believe he is the finished product. He made a lot of promises but has not kept them. What chance does Ten Hag have when brilliant managers have come in and tried to make changes without success?
Ten Hag is still the right candidate for the job for now, according to those in power at Old Trafford, who trust the Dutchman to make things better despite McAvennie’s decision.
Should Man Utd sack Ten Hag?
You could say that Ten Hag is fortunate to have accumulated a ton of credit during his rookie season, in which he led United into the Champions League and won the Carabao Cup, after a disastrous start to the season. But that goodwill won’t endure forever, so he needs to make a change now, before it’s too late.
Due to the increasing number of injury concerns he has encountered, the manager may also be given some wiggle room. At various points during the season, Ten Hag has already been left without players like Hojlund, Mount, Raphael Varane, and Lisandro Martinez. Without a few essential men, it’s possible that most managers would struggle, and the Dutchman is no different.
Therefore, he deserves time and access to the entire squad so that United can make a decision. After appearing to make so much progress the previous season, the Red Devils will want to avoid going backwards two steps at all costs. Ten Hag’s proposal should only be abandoned as a last resort given the current situation at Manchester United.