Ten Hag: Ratcliffe has ‘common sense’ to keep me

Manchester, United Kingdom On Friday, Erik ten Hag expressed his opinion that the new owners of Manchester United possess the “common sense” to see that he ought to be permitted to stay on as manager.

Due to his dismal second season at Old Trafford, there have been rumors that Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the new co-owner, may fire Ten Hag this summer.

The Dutch coach, however, is adamant that Ratcliffe and the staff that has taken over as football leadership for the club are aware of the challenges he has encountered, particularly a debilitating injury list, and that making it to an FA Cup final for the second time in a row is an accomplishment.

“I think they have common sense,” Ten Hag told a news conference when asked whether he fears the sack this summer.

“They see when you have 32 different backlines, when you lose eight centre-backs, when we see we don’t have a left full-back, they know that will have a negative impact on results.

“But we are still fighting and it’s a huge FA Cup final. We are still there. It can be a highlight of the season, but we know why we are underperforming. I am a realistic person. I see this, I analyse, and no team will perform with these injuries.”

Ten Hag still has a year left on his contract, but so far Ratcliffe has refused to confirm whether the 54-year-old will be in charge at the start of next season.

Asked whether it would help to receive public backing from Ratcliffe, Ten Hag said: “This question, you have to make to the owners, not to me.

“I don’t care if they do or they don’t, I’m working on improving and developing my team, that is my job here.”

Ten Hag is optimistic that the injury issues can be resolved in time for Arsenal’s Sunday visit to Old Trafford. While Mason Mount is out due to an unspecified injury, Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, and Bruno Fernandes have resumed training and may play.

Though they are currently out of the picture, Lisandro Martínez, Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelöf, and Raphaël Varane could be back in time for the FA Cup final on May 25 against Manchester City.

“[Martinez] is desperate to play,” Ten Hag said.

“He misses so much, the team misses him, he wants to play but he had three injuries across the season and now he is almost there, injury free. Now he has to get back into team training.

“I will never gamble with a player, never. It’s about them, their futures. The safety, health of the player is high level.”

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