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Sources: Erik ten Hag has “lots of support” inside Man United irrespective of Champions League qualification



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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has experienced a difficult 2023/24 campaign so far but could rescue the season with FA Cup glory.

Ten Hag has seen his team knocked out of the Champions League and Carabao Cup, while they are now only an outside shout to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

However, the United manager has been dealt a poor hand at times this term. Injury concerns have been apparent all season, and he’s also had to deal with off-field troubles related to Jadon Sancho and Antony.

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INEOS and Sir Jim Ratcliffe have come into the club, and some quarters are expecting a managerial change simply because that is what new owners often do, Ten Hag has also not been successful this term.

However, sources have told UtdDistrict that Ten Hag currently has a lot of support from various people at the club, who believe that he’s done the best in difficult situations this term. Those people think that the Dutchman is the right man to take United forward under INEOS even if the team does not qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Reds are currently in sixth place, six points behind Tottenham Hotspur (5th) and nine points behind Aston Villa (4th), although they do have a game in hand on Unai Emery’s side.

It is also understood that Ten Hag is still involved in the recruitment process ahead of the summer transfer window and is unaware of whether INEOS has made any final decision on the hot seat at Old Trafford. So far, INEOS has shown him support in their conversations.

Sources added that Ten Hag has the backing of the United dressing room, and the players within the squad believe in him to turn things around—this seemed evident during United’s thrilling 4-3 win over Liverpool on the weekend to keep their FA Cup dreams alive.

Ratcliffe recently appeared on a podcast where he praised Arsenal for offering the time and support to Mikel Arteta, who finished eighth in back-to-back Premier League campaigns before his Arsenal team truly took shape.

“It’d be good for Arteta, actually,” responded Ratcliffe when he was deliberating which rival he’d like to win the league this season. “I think it would be good for him because he’s done really well there, and Arsenal have been patient with him, which is nice as well.”