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“New manager…” Paul Scholes and Gary Neville agree on INEOS Erik ten Hag theory



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Gary Neville and Paul Scholes both feel that INEOS have already made their final decision on Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United future.

Sunday afternoon saw Manchester United again fall to a defeat against Pep Guardiola‘s Manchester City, with second-half goals from Phil Foden (2) and Erling Haaland overcoming a fantastic opener from Marcus Rashford.

With Erik ten Hag‘s job in the balance, United have lost their last two league fixtures in a row, against Fulham and City, respectively, and now sit 11 points from the Champions League qualification spots.

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Speaking after the fixture, former United midfielder Paul Scholes has explained he feels that INEOS, now in all sporting control at Old Trafford, have already decided on the Dutch manager.

“I think they (INEOS) have already made their mind up,” Scholes said following the Derby loss.

“I don’t think he’ll be there next season. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re looking for a new manager now.”

This echoes the thoughts of Gary Neville, who last week explained that he felt a decision had already been made on Ten Hag.

“If you look at the guy coming from City as the new CEO, and they are looking to get Dan Ashworth in from Newcastle, they are going to make a decision quite quickly if they haven’t already,” Neville said last Monday.

“I think that Jim Ratcliffe and Dave Brailsford already know whether they are going to keep Erik ten Hag as manager next season. I can’t believe they are going to wait until May to make that decision and then leave themselves short.

“Where Manchester United have been found out in the last ten years in recruitment on and off the pitch is poor decisions, late decisions, and not being ahead of the game – I don’t think they are going to do that (again).

“Me, I suspect that they have already come to a conclusion – it may even be that Champions League or not, they will stick with that decision.”