Pundit urges Manchester United to replace Erik ten Hag with Xabi Alonso
In a striking proposition, former Sky Sports host Richard Keys as quoted by the Express, has suggested a radical change at the helm of Manchester United that involved Liverpool icon Xabi Alonso.
Following the team’s recent struggles, including a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle, Keys has called for the sacking of Erik ten Hag and his replacement with Xabi Alonso, the former Liverpool star and current Bayer Leverkusen coach.
Alonso’s Coaching Pedigree and United’s Challenges
Alonso, revered for his stint at Liverpool as a player and now making waves in the Bundesliga, is seen as a figure capable of revitalizing United. His approach at Leverkusen, marked by exhilarating football, has raised his profile as a top coaching prospect.
Keys suggests that Xabi Alonso be given a long-term contract, akin to the five-year guarantee Sir Alex Ferguson received at the start of his United tenure. The idea of bringing in Alonso is rooted in the belief that a fresh perspective could ignite a turnaround
United’s current situation is precarious. Sitting five points off the Champions League spots and at the bottom of their group in Europe, the Red Devils’ lacklustre goal-scoring record this season has only intensified the scrutiny on Ten Hag’s leadership.
A Bold Move for a New Era?
Keys envisions Alonso as the ideal candidate to steer United back to its former glory. He suggests a bold approach by the United board: to approach Alonso with an attractive offer and a long-term commitment to lead the club’s rebuild.
However, any move for Alonso could face hurdles. Leverkusen’s CEO has recently denied any release clause in Alonso’s contract, and should he become available, United would likely face stiff competition from other top clubs for his services.
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In conclusion, while the call for a managerial change at United is a drastic one, it reflects the growing concern over the club’s current trajectory. Alonso, with his pedigree and fresh tactical ideas, could be the catalyst for change at Old Trafford. However, the feasibility of such a move, given the complexities of the managerial market, remains a significant question.