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Erik ten Hag sent a stark warning about his own Manchester United players after job fiasco



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Peter Schmeichel has sent Erik ten Hag a stark warning about his own Manchester United players following the drawn-out fiasco surrounding his Old Trafford job.

Erik ten Hag will continue as Manchester United‘s manager for the upcoming season, following a decision by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sir Dave Brailsford to retain him at Old Trafford.

For the past six months, there has been intense speculation about Ten Hag’s suitability to lead United into the new INEOS era. However, after three weeks of careful deliberation following the exhilarating FA Cup final win over Manchester City, the club’s leadership concluded that keeping Ten Hag was the best decision.

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The club had considered high-profile alternatives, including Gareth Southgate and Thomas Tuchel, but when these options proved unavailable, the choice to stay with Ten Hag became clear.

However, despite the decision to allow Ten Hag to stay, Peter Schmeichel has some new worries about the players’ reaction at Old Trafford.

Reports have consistently suggested that the players have always been behind Ten Hag even through poor results, but the former United goalkeeper has warned Ten Hag that the way in which the decision was reached may change how the players feel.

“If I was a player in the squad, I would feel my manager has been undermined,” Schmeichel explained on talkSPORT. “Will I have the same respect for him? Will I then think he’s secure in his job?

“Is it a question of when the guy they really want is available, he will then have to leave his job? I don’t think Manchester United, at this particular time, need all that uncertainty. I’ve got to be honest, I feel really, really sorry for him. I don’t think that was the right way to do it.”

Ten Hag was very open about the decision when he was asked about it last week. He told Dutch TV channel NOS: “They suddenly showed up on my doorstep (when I was on holiday in Ibiza) and told me they wanted to continue with me.

“As in any organisation, it is wise to evaluate. Manchester United did that, too. The new owner (Ratcliffe) is new to football, he has taken his time.”

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