world : Ten Hag to remain Man Utd manager after review

world : Ten Hag to remain Man Utd manager after review
world : Ten Hag to remain Man Utd manager after review

Wednesday 12 June 2024 11:48 PM

Nafeza 2 world - United finished eighth last season - their lowest position in the Premier League era. They suffered the most injuries, with 45 separate cases recorded, a fact Ten Hag often cited for some below-par displays.

The Dutchman took charge at Old Trafford in the summer of 2022 and is United's fifth permanent manager since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013, following David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He arrived at Old Trafford following a successful four-and-a-half-year spell at Ajax during which he won three Eredivisie titles and two Dutch Cups.

In his debut season he led the club to third place in the Premier League, along with the EFL Cup and FA Cup finals.

He won his first trophy as United boss in February 2023 when the Red Devils beat Newcastle to lift the EFL Cup, but they were beaten by Manchester City in the FA Cup final three months later.

The 2023-24 season proved more difficult, including an early exit from the Champions League after finishing bottom of their group.

United started poorly with six defeats in their opening 10 games, including to Galatasaray and Bayern Munich in the Champions League. They also finished weakly; despite the FA Cup final triumph, they only won five of their final 12 matches in all competitions.

Ratcliffe's Ineos group bought a 27.7% stake in the club in December and new director Sir David Brailsford has since been conducting a review of football operations at Old Trafford.

Ratcliffe had hinted at retaining Ten Hag in January when he said the "environment" at the club was not set up for managers to succeed.

"In the last 11 years, Manchester United have had a lot of coaches and nobody has been very successful in that environment. That says to me there is something wrong with the environment," said Ratcliffe.

Confirmation Ten Hag is staying means United can now finally look to build after a difficult campaign, and explore the transfer market.

Ten Hag was backed last summer with the signings of goalkeeper Andre Onana, midfielder Mason Mount and forward Rasmus Hojlund.

During his period in charge, Ten Hag has also had to deal with numerous off-field issues.

Forward Mason Greenwood joined Getafe on loan after an internal investigation decided his future was best served away from Old Trafford, while winger Antony was given leave after allegations in Brazil against him from a former girlfriend, which he denies.

Less than a month into the season, winger Jadon Sancho was dropped from the squad after refusing to apologise to Ten Hag for claiming he had been made a "scapegoat" by the Dutchman.

In their first few weeks of co-ownership, Ineos came to the conclusion a proper assessment of Ten Ha's work was impossible because the club did not have the right structures in place that would allow any manager to succeed.

At that point, it seemed certain Ten Hag would remain. But United's calamitous form in April, which almost included throwing away a three-goal lead in the FA Cup semi-final against Championship side Coventry, almost made it impossible for the Dutchman to continue.

Had what would have been a last-gasp winner for Coventry not been ruled out by a marginal video assistant referee decision, it is hard to imagine Ten Hag would still be in a job now.

As it was, United went through on penalties, then beat Manchester City with by far their best performance of the season, securing European qualification on the way.

Ten Hag has become one of only four United managers to win trophies in successive seasons - a point not lost on the club’s hierarchy.

The club have admiration for the dedication, dignity and professionalism with which Ten Hag has conducted himself through a trying season.

They also recognise the pivotal role he has played in the development of youngsters Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo, who will be on international duty at the Copa America and Euro 2024 for Argentina and England respectively this summer.

Evidently, he has also had to contend with a massive injury list and ease new signings Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund into the fold.

It is felt Ten Hag should prosper in a different sporting structure, that will eventually see Dan Ashworth installed as sporting director, Jason Wilcox as football director and Omar Berrada as chief executive.

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