Next Man Utd manager: Top candidate believes ‘job is his’ as Ten Hag learns four reasons for sack

One of the front-runners to replace Erik ten Hag at Manchester United appears to think a transfer to Old Trafford is imminent and the position is all his, with the Dutchman finding out four reasons why he would be fired.

The Manchester United players are gearing up for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester City, hoping to salvage something from an incredibly tough season. However, they do so under a shadow of uncertainty following an incredible day for manager Ten Hag, who is under siege.

Regardless of how Saturday’s cup final plays out, the Dutchman will leave Wembley with severe questions about his future and amid rumours the club has chosen to fire him this summer, despite his continued statements that he is training for next season as usual.

Their second season under Ten Hag has been a complete disaster, as the team finished a humiliating ninth in the Premier League, their lowest since the 1989–1990 season, after embarrassingly exiting the Champions League and all of Europe before Christmas.

And since TEAMtalk exclusively revealed in March that United’s players had lost faith in their manager and were anticipating his dismissal, the subject has surged in popularity. On Friday, there were strong rumours that Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the United chief, would give him his marching orders as soon as Saturday’s cup final is concluded.

Ten Hag, for his part, is making every effort to brush off the rumours, saying only that he intends to take a vacation when the cup final is over and that he thinks he will still be leading the team the following season.

Four reasons for Ten Hag sack at Man Utd revealed

However, Ratcliffe was reportedly always aware that the team needed a change of course following a very disappointing season. The Red Devils seem prepared to leave Ten Hag after Saturday’s game, even if not many would give them much of a chance to prevent Manchester City from winning the double double at Wembley on Saturday.

Over the past month, technical director Jason Wilcox has conducted a thorough assessment of his possibilities to stay in the position. In the end, it was determined that it would be best for the club to part ways with the former Ajax manager.

Furthermore, we know that Ratcliffe chose to wield the axe for four reasons in the end.

The most evident is their performance this season, which saw the team finish in eighth place and incur the most humiliating number of losses—14—in Premier League history.

A dismal 84 goals have been leaked by their leaky defence in all competitions, which is a record high since the 1976–1977 campaign.

Second, Rio Ferdinand recently identified the team’s apparent lack of a distinct style of play as a key factor in letting Ten Hag depart.

The fact that United has given up an incredible 90 shots on goal in three games this season against Liverpool has further censured their suicidal tactics.

Thirdly, a failure to get the best out his star-studded team – many of whom are his signings – has also not reflected well.

His reign has also been dogged by a number of disciplinary problems too, with Jadon Sancho’s very public falling out just one factor. And while the United board sided with the manager over that one, there have been other issues too within the squad, with Marcus Rashford also having his share of issues

Next Man Utd manager: Kieran McKenna believes Old Trafford return is on

In less than two years, the Ipswich Town manager has led the Tractor Boys from the dreary League One to the Premier League with a series of impressive promotions.

With the 38-year-old’s reputation at an all-time high, Ipswich will suffer greatly if their manager leaves before they return to the Premier League.

And since Mauricio Pochettino decided to break ways with the club, Chelsea is also very interested in hiring him. TEAMtalk has learned that Ipswich bosses now anticipate losing their manager this summer.

According to sources, McKenna believes he will take over at United this summer and is getting closer to returning to Old Trafford to take Ten Hag’s place.

The Northern Irishman has a close relationship with the squad; he began as a young team coach and rose to first-team coach under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before departing in December 2021 to take the head position at Ipswich.

Furthermore, an opportunity to install McKenna at United may now be on the horizon, according to a story that claims his representatives spoke with Wilcox and the incoming new CEO, Omar Berrada, this week.

His contract with Ipswich expires in2027, and it is estimated that United will have to pay him between £4 and £6 million in compensation.

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