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Report sheds light on Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag’s sack belief after FA Cup glory

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Report sheds light on Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag's sack belief after FA Cup glory

Erik ten Hag believes his job is not secure as post-season assessment gets underway

According to an ESPN report, Erik ten Hag believes he could still be relieved of his duties as Man United manager despite winning the FA Cup.

The Dutchman manager lifted his second trophy as United manager on Saturday as the Red Devils upsetted the Man City apple cart by beating them 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.

Now on holiday, Ten Hag is aware that INEOS director of sport Sir Dave Brailsford, United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and technical director Jason Wilcox are in process of evaluation the entirety of 2023/24 Man United season before they give out a verdict.

Two seasons, two trophies for Ten Hag as Man United manager. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images )

United have also held preliminary talks with the representatives of Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Kieran McKenna, and Thomas Frank. England men’s team manager Gareth Southgate has also been linked with United in recent weeks.

Ten Hag, with one year remaining on his United contract, should learn his fate by the first week of June as United usher into a new era under a new sporting ownership.

It’s happened before

Saturday was unquestionably a memorable day for the entire Man United community as the men’s side followed up their women’s counterparts’ FA Cup triumph by delivering their own.

However, most of the fanbase also went into the game knowing that a victory will not necessarily save Ten Hag’s job. Nothing, therefore, has changed in that regard.

Saturday’s exploits should not mask the fact that United have registered their worst league finish since 2013, let in over half-a-century goals, and their manager made questionable tactical decisions throughout the year despite taking injuries into account.

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The INEOS ownership may well decide to have an even cleaner slate by giving Ten Hag his marching orders. For narrative’s sake, though, the Dutchman can leave with his head held high, having delivered United their second trophy in two seasons and thus become their second-most successful manager in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.