What’s next for Manchester United and Erik ten Hag? Key questions answered | football news

Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy answers the key questions facing Manchester United and her review of Erik ten Hag’s time at the club.

What’s happening with Man Utd’s review of Ten Hag’s tenure?

This is such an intriguing element. We have established that virtually since it was confirmed that INEOS would take over football operations, Sir Dave Brailsford has been engaging with players and staff about his views on the problems at Manchester United. Captain Bruno Fernandes, for example, has provided a window into these conversations.

One of Jason Wilcox’s key tasks since officially joining as technical director over a month ago has been a more thorough audit of the game model, training sessions, the relationship between the coaching staff and the locker room, as well as his interaction with other areas of performance such as sports sciences and recruiting.

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With his future at Manchester United in doubt, Erik ten Hag was defiant following his team’s FA Cup triumph over rivals Manchester City.

The review of Ten Hag’s spell has been underway for a long time, with the manager revealing that the review and its discussion with the United hierarchy has already taken place. He is now on vacation.

Despite already having all the information and Ten Hag believing that the evaluation has been carried out, the club says that its review now occur.

There is a feeling that, having been aware of the comparisons to the way Louis van Gaal was sacked, United do not want to ruin the FA Cup final celebrations or be accused of insensitivity. It would also not be advisable for them to announce any decision without having their path to follow completely firm.

There has been enough evidence of clubs publicly botching their succession plans in recent months (Bayern being the prime example) and United don’t want a repeat of that.

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Sky Sports’ Melissa Reddy explains when a decision is likely to be made on Erik ten Hag’s future at Manchester United.

Why are Man Utd meeting potential successors during their review?

They would say they are simply exploring options and doing due diligence. However, if he is not willing to part ways with his manager, why does he hire the representatives he would like to replace him with? And how should he feel knowing that the club is doing it while he has no clarity about his future?

It’s perfectly normal and understandable for a new leadership group to want their own election as manager, but people close to Ten Hag have been upset by the lack of communication and “personal and professional respect.”

Who then are among those options?

Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Tuchel, Thomas Frank, Kieran McKenna
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Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Tuchel, Thomas Frank, Kieran McKenna are potential candidates for Man Utd.

Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel, who have been highly regarded in the past. However, as sky sports As reported last month, a source said there were reservations that no other big club would decide on the German once Bayern Munich announced his departure.

It has also not escaped the decision-makers that, except for Mainz, all of Tuchel’s terms have only been around two years or less.

The situation at Chelsea made United take action. Pochettino’s availability was unexpected and he has long had great admirers at the club, but he is also highly regarded by Brailsford, Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sir Alex Ferguson have refused to say whether Erik ten Hag will remain Manchester United manager next season following speculation he will be sacked.

Chelsea’s interest in Kieran McKenna He also put pressure on United to act and meet with their representatives. His strong affinity and intimate knowledge of the club, coupled with his phenomenal work at Ipswich, mark him out as an attractive, if risky, option. It is understood that he would not have chosen Stamford Bridge over Old Trafford if he had offers from both.

Thomas Frank He has also appealed to United for their change of form, building an attacking machine in the Championship to a more effective and defensive-minded unit to cement the Premier League’s status, their relationship with fans, the improvement of players such as Ivan Toney, David Raya and Ezri Konsa and exceeding budget and expectations. His direct style of football would suit the squad well.

But are those all very different managers?

They are, which makes it difficult to specify the profile that INEOS is looking for. And that is not the extent of the options being discussed while properly researching what and who would be possible.

As was known months ago, the possibility of pinching Gareth Southgate of England after scouting the Euros, and Jean-Claude Blanc’s extensive contact book has been used to obtain information on other candidates.

It is expected that, given his availability and Pep Guardiola’s claim that he is “one of the most influential coaches of the last 20 years”, a conversation will be held with Roberto De Zerbi.

I should point out that there are many at United who have worked closely with Ten Hag and want him to continue. They believe that he has handled all sorts of turbulence pretty well since he walked through the door and that he is the least of the club’s problems.

Could FA Cup Final victory save Ten Hag?

The United hierarchy have been quite adamant that the decision on Ten Hag will be based on the entirety of his time in charge and not the result of Saturday’s grand final.

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Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol says Sir Jim Ratcliffe will consider the FA Cup final victory but it will not be a deciding factor in the verdict on Erik Ten Hag’s future.

But if it was his last act in charge, is there still a way to go?

Yes, with another piece of silver, and doing it against all odds to deny Manchester City the double-double.

It wasn’t just about the result, but a near-perfect performance from United; They were aggressive and dynamic, exceptional with their defensive organization and really took advantage of City’s weaknesses.

It was a small window into Ten Hag’s vision of making them “the best transition team in the world” and also signaled what the manager had been saying all season: a strong central defensive partnership and having players available for selection would make an important difference. Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martínez at the heart of the defense were the platform that United built on Saturday.

On a human level, the scenes were also brilliant; seeing Ten Hag happy and having fun with lots of adoration from the likes of Alejandro Garnarcho, Kobbie Mainoo, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Martínez.

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Sky Sports News’ Ben Ransom and Melissa Reddy discuss whether Erik ten Hag will remain as Manchester United manager after his team lifted the FA Cup on Saturday.

What happens next?

The fact that United are interacting with other managers’ representatives speaks volumes more than anything else. INEOS has shown with all the changes it has already made to the structure of football that it wants a new way forward: its own way.

But can they reach an agreement with the candidate they really want? Will it make financial sense and will they get support from their supporters?

Those are all considerations and if they can’t pull it off, maybe Ten Hag is still in play. But I would refer to the first line of this answer.

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