Louis Van Gaal Sends Message to Manchester United Over Ten Hag’s Potential Sacking

Louis Van Gaal Sends Message to Manchester United Over Ten Hag’s Potential Sacking

Martin Moses
June 9, 2024 at 9:41 AM
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  • Louis Van Gaal has thrown his weight behind embattled Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag amidst potential dismissal
  • Ten Hag is expected to learn of his fate in the coming weeks, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe considering a change at the helm of the club
  • Van Gaal has drawn on his past experience as the Red Devils manager, calling on the club to give the former Ajax manager more time

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Louis Van Gaal has asked Manchester United to give Erik ten Hag more time. Rumours have continued to escalate in recent weeks that Ten Hag could be shown the door by new owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Ratcliffe acquired a minority share at the club but was put in charge of major football decisions. The INEOS owner has already rung up some administrative changes with the head coach's position yet to be decided.

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag (left) shakes hands with Sir Jim Ratcliffe after winning the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2024. Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images.
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It is believed that winning the FA Cup complicated the decision for Ratcliffe. Ten Hag conjured up an impressive 2-1 win over Manchester City to win the final on May 25.

The former Ajax manager has often insisted that he can produce consistent top results if his full squad is available.

What Van Gaal thinks of Erik ten Hag

Van Gaal, who was in charge of the Red Devils between 2014 and 2016, has backed Ten Hag, calling for his compatriot to be given more time.

"I also needed more time at Manchester United. I also won the FA Cup. Erik has won the FA Cup and qualified for the Champions League in his first season. So I don’t think you have to sack him," he told Sky Sports.

However, the Champions League winner with Ajax called on Ten Hag to improve as he has not done many things 'fantastically.'

"He needs more time, but I can also be more critical. He has not done it fantastically - you can give criticism - but he has also shown he is a good manager."

Rashford urged to ditch Manchester United

Sports Brief has also reported that Marcus Rashford has been asked to ditch Manchester United and join Arsenal to revitalize his career.

Rashford struggled to make an impact for the Red Devils last season, finishing with only seven goals in the Premier League.

His poor performances saw Gareth Southgate drop him from England's Euro 2024 squad.

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