Are Erik ten Hag’s Days With Man United Numbered? Past Managers’ Exits Give Clues Amid Sack Rumours

Are Erik ten Hag’s Days With Man United Numbered? Past Managers’ Exits Give Clues Amid Sack Rumours

Joel Reyes
December 3, 2023 at 4:50 PM
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  • Manchester United have already lost 10 matches under Erik ten Hag this season
  • Previous United managers lost their jobs after the Red Devils hit a poor run of form
  • David Moyes, Jose Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were sacked mid-season

The pressure is mounting on Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.

The Red Devils tasted defeat for the 10th time this season, losing 1-0 to Newcastle United on Saturday.

With United struggling in both the Premier League and Champions League, ten Hag is clearly in the hot seat.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Erik ten Hag, and Jose Mourinho. Images: Matthew Peters/ Matthew Peters/ Robbie Jay Barratt.
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Sports Brief looks at how the reigns of former Manchester United managers in the post-Alex Ferguson era ended, comparing the Red Devils' performances at the time to their current form under ten Hag this season.

David Moyes

Moyes had the unenviable task of succeeding the great Sir Alex Ferguson as United manager.

He was sacked after only 10 months, with United’s struggles in the 2013-14 season the main reason behind his dismissal.

United were ranked seventh in the Premier League table with four matches remaining when Moyes got the boot.

The Red Devils were guaranteed to record their lowest points tally in the Premier League, per the BBC.

Old Trafford wasn’t a fortress anymore for United during the Moyes era, with the Red Devils losing six league matches at home before the former Everton manager’s dismissal.

They also lost to Swansea in the FA Cup and Sunderland at home in the Capital One Cup semis.

Ryan Giggs

Giggs became the club’s caretaker manager after Moyes’ dismissal.

He managed Manchester United for four matches, recording two wins, one draw, and one loss.

His last match as United’s caretaker boss happened against Southampton on May 11, 2014, with the Red Devils recording a 1-1 draw on the road.

Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal was sacked as United manager two days after leading the Red Devils to a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the 2016 FA Cup Final.

The reason behind his dismissal was Manchester United’s poor style of play, with the English club scoring just 49 goals in the 2015-16 Premier League season.

Their lack of attacking play contributed to their fifth-place finish in the English top flight, causing them to miss the Champions League.

The Dutchman left Old Trafford after nearly two years as United manager.

Jose Mourinho

“The Special One” led the Red Devils for the last time on December 16, 2018, in the match against Liverpool.

Manchester United lost 3-1 to their bitter rivals at Anfield, leaving them 11 points behind the league-leading Reds in the table.

Mourinho departed Old Trafford after two-and-a-half years as United manager. The Red Devils were sixth in the league table when the Portuguese boss got sacked.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer led Manchester United for the final time on November 20, 2021, in the game against Watford. The Red Devils suffered a humiliating 4-1 loss to the Hornets at Vicarage Road, their fifth defeat in their last seven Premier League matches.

That poor run of form in the English top flight saw them trail leaders Chelsea by 12 points.

The Glazers decided to cut their losses and sack Solskjaer, ending his almost three-year reign as Manchester United manager.

Michael Carrick

Carrick became the club’s caretaker manager after Solskjaer’s dismissal.

He managed Manchester United for three matches, recording two wins and a draw during that period.

His last match as United’s caretaker boss happened against Arsenal on December 2, 2021, with the Red Devils recording a 3-2 victory.

Ralf Rangnick

Rangnick became the club’s interim manager on December 3, 2021.

He managed Manchester United for 29 matches, recording 11 wins, 10 draws, and eight losses during those five months.

He led United to a sixth-place finish in the 2021-22 Premier League season before leaving as the club’s interim boss.

He left United after taking over as coach of the Austrian national team, per The Guardian.

Erik ten Hag

Manchester United have struggled mightily in ten Hag’s second season as manager.

They have already lost 10 times this season, leaving their Premier League and Champions League title hopes hanging by a thread.

They dropped to seventh place in the Premier League table following their 1-0 loss to Newcastle, their sixth defeat in the English top flight this season.

They have also disappointed in Europe, with the Red Devils languishing at the bottom of the Group A table with just one match remaining.

It isn’t far-fetched to see the Dutch manager getting the sack if United fail to reach the Champions League round of 16.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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