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Gary Neville claims Erik ten Hag’s attitude in interview said it all about Man Utd future


According to Gary Neville, Erik ten Hag exudes confidence in his decision to continue at Old Trafford beyond this season, as evidenced by his recent interview with Sky Sports.

Although things have been more difficult this season, Ten Hag guided United to a third-place finish and a cup victory in his first season in England. United still has a chance to win silverware when they play Manchester City in the FA Cup final again, but they know they won’t be in the Champions League next season with four games remaining.

With part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe hoping to leave his mark in his first transfer window in charge, United has a busy summer ahead of them. However, Ten Hag’s recent performance has raised doubts over whether he will stay to benefit.

The 54-year-old has been linked to a summer return to Ajax, and Thomas Tuchel, the departing manager of Bayern Munich, is apparently one of those being considered to succeed him. Neville, a former captain of the team, doesn’t see any changes in the dugout, though.

“I thought he was very assured,” Neville told Kelly Cates during a Sky Sports broadcast. “Obviously everyone else around him has gone at senior management level – the CEO, the technical director’s been shifted, the CFO’s gone, the interim CEO, John Murtough’s gone – so there’s been a lot of change at the club.”

Behind the scenes, Ratcliffe has already made a lot of changes: Jason Wilcox has been appointed technical director, and Omar Berrada will soon assume the role of CEO. Dan Ashworth, who is now on gardening leave from his position at Newcastle and is anticipated to represent the Magpies in arbitration, is anticipated to follow.


Neville noted Ten Hag’s composed demeanour despite the shift as the former Utrecht manager divulged personal details about a range of matters. Not surprisingly, one of concerns was the inability to sign summer transfer targets like Harry Kane.

“I felt as though he was assured, he was very calm, but obviously he’s been under quite a lot of pressure recently,” Neville continued. “He talked about how big the FA Cup fnal is in a few weeks, that’s a season-defining game, but I think it’s the most I’ve heard a Manchester United manager talk – while they’re still in the job – about the players that they hadn’t got for him that were really important to him.

“Obviously, Frenkie de Jong was mentioned, he alluded to Harry Kane and how important a signing that would have been. Manchester United’s recruitment has not been as sufficient as it should be, and also [there’s] the injuries he’s had.

“He wasn’t making excuses by any stretch, he knows the performance levels haven’t been good enough. But he did point towards the fact that you talk about Manchester United’s shots on their goal and he pointed towards the fact that last season they had the most clean sheets, and with the defence being decimated, particularly in the 30 different combinations in the back four, that that’s harmed him and he’s not been able to play quite the way he wanted.”



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