Erik ten Hag handed Man Utd sack warning after Man City loss

Erik ten Hag handed Man Utd sack warning after Man City loss

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag remains under pressure – and he’s been told that Sir Jim Ratcliffe won’t be best pleased with the outcome of the Manchester derby

Erik ten Hag has been warned that his inability to compete with the Premier League’s elite will not have gone unnoticed by Manchester United part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

The United chief saw his side lose 3-1 against Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday despite taking an early lead through Marcus Rashford. His sublime early strike was cancelled out by a Phil Foden brace before Erling Haaland added a third goal in injury time to ensure City would retain the bragging rights in Manchester.

Defeat means United end the weekend 11 points behind Aston Villa, who currently occupy fourth spot in the Premier League. The result is also unlikely to ease the pressure on Ten Hag, whose long-term future remains unclear.

It remains to be seen if Ratcliffe and Ineos, who now control sporting operations at Old Trafford, will continue with the Dutchman beyond this season. Ten Hag signed a three year back in the summer of 2022 and there have been no talks over an extension.

Ratcliffe has big ambitions and has already publicly expressed his desire to knock United’s neighbours “off their perch”. And beINSPORTS pundit Jason McAteer feels that the poor performance against City, who dominated, will give Ratcliffe food for thought.

Speaking while analysing the statistics of the game, McAteer said: “That’s why you don’t last at the end of the season. I honestly don’t think he’ll be there at the end of the season for next season.

“Jim Ratcliffe will see that [the stats] and it’s just not good enough for a Manchester United team. He did it at Liverpool, now he’s done it at Man City. He gets away with it against the lesser teams but against the better sides he just gets found out.”

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