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Erik ten Hag waiting to find out his Manchester United future this week: Report

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Manchester United board to make a decision on Erik Ten Hag’s future at the club by the end of this week

Manchester United higher ups will evaluate the season this week, including the performance of manager Erik ten Hag, and then determine the future steps for the football club. Ahead of their 2-1 victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup final last Saturday, there was much speculation about Ten Hag’s tenure, with the manager acknowledging uncertainty about whether it was his final match in charge.

As per The Athletic, United have initiated talks with potential replacements, including Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna, as they consider alternatives to Ten Hag. However, they maintain that no definitive choice has been made regarding the Dutchman’s future. The club’s leadership, under the guidance of co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS sporting director Sir Dave Brailsford, now aims to thoroughly evaluate all aspects of what Ten Hag referred to as a “rubbish” campaign at Wembley.

Manchester United board to make a decision on Erik Ten Hag's future at the club by the end of this week.
Manchester United to make a decision on Erik Ten Hag (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Following the confirmation of INEOS’ 27.7 per cent stake in United in February, Ratcliffe emphasized the importance of taking the right steps rather than rushing into decisions. Consequently, United will begin assessing areas for improvement next week to enhance on-field performance, which includes evaluating Ten Hag’s readiness to adapt, before determining the optimal path forward.

Despite speculation, Ten Hag remained resolute after securing the FA Cup, following his team’s earlier victory in the Carabao Cup during his inaugural season in charge.

“Two trophies in two years is not bad, three finals in two years is not bad,” he said. “If they don’t want me, then I go somewhere else to win trophies because that is what I do.”

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The absence of a decision before the FA Cup final indicates that Ten Hag has maintained the support of certain influential figures within the club, especially after the triumph over Manchester City at Wembley. However, this indecisiveness also points to a lack of clarity or unified leadershipbehind the scenes, leaving us uncertain as to what direction the club is headed in mere days before the summer transfer window opens.

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Ratcliffe opted not to address inquiries regarding Ten Hag during the Wembley event and refrained from directly acknowledging the manager by name in his statements. But then, sooner or later, he will need to address it head on. Whichw ay the cookie will crumble remains to be seen.