“No way he is coming back after that”- Pundit pinpoints moment Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United job has ‘ended’

Game over for Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, says Chris Sutton

In his recent appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, former footballer turned pundit Chris Sutton had a clear take on Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and his chances of continuing at the club next season.

As quoted by BBC Sport, Sutton was firm in his belief that Ten Hag would not survive beyond the season regardless of what happens going forward.

“I really don’t know where Ten Hag goes from this.”

“It is the end for him now – there is no way he is coming back after that.”

Sutton on Ten Hag and United’s last game during the latest Monday Night Club episode
Game over for Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, says Chris Sutton. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images). (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Ten Hag’s United this season across all competitions: 45 games, 22 wins, 6 draws, 17 losses. (Source: Transfermarkt) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images). (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Man United’s performance against Coventry City on Sunday was a microcosmic display of how they have played all season.

Despite winning the game, United left the viewers perplexed with how quickly things turned sour for them after cruising to a 3-0 lead, with only chance saving them from an embarrassing last-minute comeback defeat.

Ten Hag’s situation is likely to be evaluated at the end of the season, with the club’s new sporting ownership keen on making the right steps ahead of ushering in a new era at Old Trafford.

Sutton likely to be proven right

As things currently stand, it is likely Ten Hag will be shown the exit door regardless of what happens in the final month of the season.

Ten Hag's dismissal is currently a matter of when, not if.
Ten Hag’s dismissal is currently a matter of when, not if.

The lack of tactical clarity on the pitch and multiple cases of Ten Hag falling out with his players, all the while not being able to convincingly defend his calls both on and off the pitch, put the Dutchman at a severe disadvantage.

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United’s new sporting owners want the fans on side. The fans currently are not on Ten Hag’s side. An FA Cup trophy may follow his Carabao Cup from last year, but expect it to not be enough to save Ten Hag’s job.