Erik Ten Hag: 5 Reasons Why Manchester United Made the Right Decision to Keep the Dutchman

Erik Ten Hag: 5 Reasons Why Manchester United Made the Right Decision to Keep the Dutchman

Fred Kennedy
June 13, 2024 at 9:42 AM
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  • Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, has been staring at an uncertain future with the English club ahead of the summer
  • The Dutchman led United to an eighth-place finish in the EPL, sparking fears he could be shown the door at the end of the season
  • Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino were among the names that had been linked with the Old Trafford managerial position

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Manchester United have reportedly resolved to stick with Erik ten Hag beyond the summer.

The Dutchman has been facing an uncertain future following a disappointing campaign last season for weeks.

Despite helping the Red Devils win the FA Cup, United's form and results in the Premier League were far from convincing.

Erik ten Hag is set to remain Man United boss beyond the summer. The Dutchman helped the club win the FA Cup. Photo by Crystal Pix.
Erik ten Hag is set to remain Man United boss beyond the summer, with the Dutchman helping the club win the FA Cup. Photo by Crystal Pix.
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The Old Trafford dwellers could only manage an eighth-place finish with just 60 points in what was one of the club's worst Premier League finishes in history.

The disastrous run of results is understood to have left ten Hag staring at a precarious future as manager, with reports claiming United co-owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, was keen to dismiss him.

Several top names were subsequently floated for the United job, with Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino among the top names linked to the role.

However, Sky Sports reports that the United's chiefs have since resolved to keep ten Hag, and talks over a new contract are now underway.

Per SPORTbible, one of the conditions now given to the Dutch manager will be to take a backseat when it comes to the recruitment of players.

Following the latest developments, Sports Brief takes a look at five reasons why Man United made the right decision to stick with the former Ajax boss.

5 reasons why Man United is right to stick with ten Hag

1. He ended Man United's trophy drought

Prior to his arrival, Manchester United had gone almost six years without winning any trophy.

In fact, the club's last triumph was in 2017 under Jose Mourinho, when they won the Europa League.

However, ten Hag ended that drought by winning the Carabao Cup in his first season in charge and the FA Cup in May.

2. He is developing youth players

Man United have a long history of developing young players, with the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Marcus Rashford among those to come through the ranks.

Ten Hag has appeared to revive this tradition since his arrival by giving a number of young players the opportunity to shine.

Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo are the classic examples, with the duo playing a key part in United's recent FA Cup triumph.

3. Ten Hag has reinforced discipline

The Dutch boss has appeared to bring some level of discipline within the dressing room by openly punishing players who cannot toe the line.

Cristiano Ronaldo, a United legend by every standard, was the first major test for ten Hag.

However, the United manager did not shy away from punishing the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, leading to the forward's ultimate exit in January 2023.

4. Ten Hag provides stability and continuity

Before the arrival of ten Hag, United went through a period of instability with several managers serving on short stints.

The likes of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Mourinho, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were only able to serve for a short period.

These short stints have appeared to work against the club, with the constant change of management derailing improvement and identity.

Keeping ten Hag will serve this purpose.

5. Ther are no immediate available options

Manchester United may have already been linked with top names for the Old Trafford role.

However, all these names might not be a guaranteed upgrade and are certainly expected to come with their own baggage.

What's more? Thomas Tuchel, for instance, is said to have backed down as he is keen to take a break from management.

Poch dropped from Man United shortlist

Sports Brief previously reported on Manchester United deciding against Mauricio Pochettino to replace Erik ten Hag.

The embattled Dutch manager had been facing an uncertain future after the club's disappointing 2023/24 campaign.

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