Manchester United have pointed towards the success of Mikel Arteta at Arsenal as a reason why they have not sacked Erik ten Hag from Old Trafford.
After being eliminated from the Champions League and Carabao Cup, the Old Trafford side has picked up form in 2024, with four wins and a draw in five games – and the club feel this is a vindication of their choice not to sack the manager in the months prior.
This is according to the Manchester Evening News, who claim that the “mini-revival” of late shows that they made the right choice and that senior club sources at the club believe
Ten Hag has followed through on his private and public statements that the team would progress by fielding his most formidable starting eleven.
Further to this, the MEN describe that reliable insiders at United have pointed out Arsenal’s commendable patience with coach Mikel Arteta during a challenging first half of the season as an example.
Overall, Arsenal having their faith in Arteta and now bearing the fruits of the decision has given United hope that they will be able to reclaim their position at the top of the English football tree with Ten Hag at the helm.
After a poor start to life at the Emirates, Arsenal mounted a title challenge last season, falling second to Man City, and are once again asserting themselves as serious title contenders after a thumping 3-1 victory over Liverpool on the weekend.
Senior staff at United have also sympathised with Ten Hag over issues he has encountered with members of the playing staff, such as the feuds with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.
United officials view Ten Hag’s tenure as a three-year project, though sources admit they remain “in the dark” over INEOS’ plans for structural change.
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