Manchester United icon David Beckham demands stability in the managerial post at the club
Former Manchester United player David Beckham believes that the club need managerial stability to bring back the trophy-winning culture. Beckham played for the Red Devils under the reign of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, achieving numerous trophies.
Ferguson retired from the managerial post at United in 2013 after becoming the longest-serving manager for United. The Scotsman took over the club in 1986 and managed the Red Devils for 26 seasons, dominating the domestic competitions.
Since Ferguson’s retirement, United have seen eight managers take over the club in full-time or interim roles. The Red Devils had David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the permanent role. Whereas, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and Ralf Rangnick acted as interim managers.
“When Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013, there was always going to be a dip. You can’t stay at the top level. But we stayed put for the amount of years because we had the stability of having someone like Sir Alex Ferguson, our manager. Now we have had quite a few managers over the last 10 years and that is unfortunate because it brings the stability that we had with Sir Alex Ferguson, you don’t have that anymore. It shows in the way we play.”
Current United manager Erik ten Hag took over United in the summer of 2022 after a successful tenure at Ajax. The Dutchman took the Red Devils back to Champions League football after finishing third in the Premier League. Furthermore, Ten Hag ended the six-year trophy draught at United after winning the Carabao Cup last season.
However, United are having a torrid season with nine losses from 18 matches in all competitions. Ten Hag has forsaken the philosophy that brought him both success and fame during his time at Ajax.
The 53-year-old has deployed many tactical approaches to accommodate the players he possesses at the club. Many critics have shunned the reasoning while citing that the Dutchman has enjoyed authority in recruiting players that he desires.
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The United hierarchy has backed Ten Hag throughout the current season despite the building pressure due to the current predicament. The Red Devils are facing elimination from the Champions League before even reaching the group stage. On the other hand, United are currently five points away from the top four in the Premier League.
The acceptance of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s bid could significantly alter United’s hierarchy. The British billionaire wants the control over footballing operation. However, Beckham makes a valid point and Ratcliffe needs to take it under consideration before contemplating a managerial change.