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Erik ten Hag: Manchester United boss ‘doesn’t care’ about job speculation

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag assertively claimed that speculations surrounding his job do not bother him one bit

Erik ten Hag revealed that he “doesn’t care” about the job speculations that are currently surrounding him at Manchester United. Sir Jim Ratcliffe secured part-ownership of the club and took control of the football operations, making several changes immediately.

Since the new regime, several reports about potential candidates to replace Ten Hag before the next season are circulating weekly. The Red Devils have struggled to form any sort of consistency this season in all competitions, facing humiliating defeats.

Man United faced early elimination from the Champions League, finishing fourth in the group stage after losing several games. They also suffered an early knockout from the Carabao Cup, a trophy which they won last season under Ten Hag.

England manager Gareth Southgate is a primary target for Manchester United to replace current manager Erik ten Hag (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
England manager Gareth Southgate remains a firm favourite to replace Erik ten Hag at Manchester United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The Red Devils are currently sixth in the Premier League table, facing the daunting task of finishing in the top four. Furthermore, their only hope for a trophy is the FA Cup competitions as they face Coventry in the semi-finals.

Speaking to the reporters (h/t BBC), Ten Hag insisted that the rumours surrounding his job do not concern him. He said:

“You know at Man United there will always be noise, rumours around the club, the manager, the players. We are focusing on the process, we are focusing on the team to play better, to improve the way of play, so I don’t care about [it].”

United appointed Ten Hag during the summer of 2022 and allowed him substantial power in the transfer market. The Dutchman made several high-valued signings according to his desires as fans awaited him to install his philosophy.

Ten Hag earned a lot of reputation and respect for his attacking philosophy during his time at Ajax. The 54-year-old’s tenure at the Dutch club played a key role in his appointment at Old Trafford.

However, he abandoned his philosophy while citing the difference in the squad between the two clubs as the reason. Ten Hag has failed to inject cohesiveness and a particular style of play at United this season, attempting several changes.

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The injury crisis acted as a mitigating factor but several clubs have faced a similar crisis this season. United have built some momentum during the second half of the season with many believing lack of fixtures congestion as a key reason. Ten Hag’s future remains up for speculation with fans divided on whether he should stay or leave.