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Manchester United have decided to SACK Erik ten Hag for two reasons, explains Alan Shearer



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Manchester United have already a decision to sack Erik ten Hag this summer, reckons former Premier League striker Alan Shearer.

Erik ten Hag‘s future at Manchester United is very much up in the air at the moment, with the Dutch manager having disappointed fans at Old Trafford after a poor second season.

The club was knocked out of the Champions League and Carabao Cup earlier this season, and after a series of poor results, they now sit seventh in the Premier League table, a far cry from those above them.

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Although United have managed to book their tickets to the FA Cup final at the end of next month, the semi-final win was nothing to be proud of, having blown a 3-0 lead with 20 minutes to play and only able to win on penalties after a 120+1st minute winner from Coventry City was ruled out for a very tight offside called by VAR.

While United were down and out, it felt like it was the end of Erik ten Hag’s reign at the club, and with Sir Jim Ratcliffe watching from the stands, former Premier League striker Alan Shearer believes that his time is already up, regardless of if the club win the FA Cup or not.

Ten Hag is gone

“I think the future of the Manchester United manager is already determined. Even if they win the FA Cup, I think he’s gone,” the former Newcastle striker said to Gary Lineker and Micah Richards on The Rest is Football podcast.

“I don’t think it matters whether they win the FA Cup for his future. That may be sad, that may be wrong, but I just get the feeling that winning the FA Cup is not going to be enough for him.

“When you look at the players, when you look at the attitude, where they are in the league and all those things: Where they want to be, where they want to go in a quick time, I think he’s already gone.”

Ten Hag could QUIT

Prior to the Coventry match, one report disclosed that Erik ten Hag might quit United this summer unless he garners a vote of confidence from Ratcliffe.

According to the report, insiders near the Dutch coach “are of the opinion that he will depart by the season’s close” if INEOS fails to provide him with assurances regarding their dedication to him.

Speaking ahead of the game, Ten Hag maintained that he does not have worries about his future.

“I don’t put energy into this, if I’m judged fairly or not,” Ten Hag explained on Friday afternoon. “I know what we are doing here, why I’m here, to bring trophies, to also create economic value, so we are working on those and in a process you have setbacks.

“I look at this and can see it realistically, so I see the nuance, some comments miss that, but I can’t be bothered about it, can’t go into emotions. I see it realistic, rationale, and I’m only focussing on my team, to improve the team and individuals. That’s what I’m here for. I don’t have any concern about what is said on the outside.”