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Two ex-Manchester United stars will be happy with INEOS’ latest decision change



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INEOS have made the decision to keep Steve McClaren on beyond this summer, regardless of whether Erik ten Hag stays or goes this summer.

Erik ten Hag‘s future as manager of Manchester United is currently in the air, with poor results leading to many calling for the Dutchman to be sacked this summer.

United have four games left this season, facing Arsenal (H), Newcastle United (H), and Brighton (A) in the Premier League before a trip to Wembley to face Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

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Many have theorised that if United lose these remaining games, including the final in two weeks’ time, it could spell the end for Ten Hag.

However, a decision has already been made on one of his backroom staff, with INEOS keen to keep one man on regardless of any changes that may come the manager’s way.

McClaren to stay

A recent report from The Mirror has revealed that INEOS are hoping to keep assistant coach Steve McClaren at the club beyond this summer. McClaren joined United alongside Ten Hag two summers ago.

The report explains that McClaren is said to have a long-standing professional relationship with INEOS chief Sir Dave Brailsford, who will play a key role in deciding Ten Hag’s future.

While the likes of Mitchell van der Gaag and other coaching staff would leave the club if the decision to bring in a new manager comes to fruition, McClaren is regarded as someone who INEOS could continue to work with in any new managerial regime.‌

Two ex-United players happy

Following United’s recent 4-0 loss against Crystal Palace, former United striker Michael Owen called for the club to appoint Steve McClaren as an interim manager for the remainder of the season.

“They [United] are going to get smashed out the ballpark playing like that. City are going to embarrass them at Wembley in front of millions of people, Owen said on Monday night.

“We’ve played under Steve McClaren. There’s no way his fingerprints are anywhere near that team. He is a brilliant coach, and that team is not being coached at all. No way.

“There is no way on earth he has got anything to do with that team. It’s impossible. That team is absolutely clueless right the way through it. Steve McClaren is a top operator, and I can only think other people are coaching the first team, and he’s a bystander. For four games, yeah, anything.

“Something has got to change now. We know its got to change in the summer, there are too many big games, there’s European football next year, there’s a trophy at the end of the year [to play for].”

Paul Scholes, who was alongside Owen during the panel, agreed, explaining that he feels McClaren isn’t having the impact that he should at United under Ten Hag.

“He’s [McClaren] not touching that team, the manager [Ten Hag] is not letting him touch that team.

“Everyone thinks we were a great team that attacked everybody and beat people, sometimes we played against better teams, and Steve McClaren put sessions on to make sure you stopped other teams, getting your distances right, getting your angles right, especially in midfield.”

The United legend then continued with his praise, saying: “He’s the best coach I ever had.”

Both Owen and Scholes will be happy with McClaren’s continued involvement at United.