Erik ten Hag hints Jim Ratcliffe has made U-turn over Man Utd sack decision

Erik ten Hag is under huge pressure at Manchester United with claims that he will leave Old Trafford this summer and has opened up on discussions with the club’s hierarchy.

Erik ten Hag has revealed that Sir Jim Ratcliffe previously confirmed he would be given the opportunity to stay at Manchester United under his regime.

The Dutchman is under growing pressure at Old Trafford after leading the Red Devils to their worst-ever Premier League campaign. It has been reported that he will be sacked regardless of the result of this weekend’s FA Cup final against Manchester City – a game on which the club’s European hopes for next season hinge.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has also seemingly been identifying replacements including Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna, while England’s Gareth Southgate has long been admired. Ten Hag has now spoken out and revealed that his new chiefs claimed they wanted to leave him in charge for the foreseeable future.

Speaking to Dutch outlet Vi.NL, Ten Hag said:

“They said they want to change everything and that they want to rebuild WITH me. This is what they told me directly.”

The former Ajax boss has also detailed the dramatic lengths that Ratcliffe and INEOS will go to in order to re-establish the Red Devils at the peak of both the English and European game.

He added: “INEOS will change things in the club and certain projects have already started. Carrington will get be completely destroyed, a new training ground will come.”

“We need to sign an extra striker in the summer. And if we can sign another central midfielder and a replacement for Varane, things will look good again. If the team remains fit we can try and aim for top 4 again.”

Should INEOS actually decide to do away with Ten Hag’s services, it would be a bold call for their first managerial change – especially if they appoint the inexperienced McKenna. However, Ten Hag believes that the pressure on his job has not come from inside the club – rather externally.

He added: “We were supposed to start building something and we made the first steps last year, but then you find out how big this club is and that nobody is ever satisfied.”

“Within the club people were satisfied, but outside the club there was noise by saying I won only the Carabao Cup, lost the FA Cup Final and become 3rd. Well, then you have no sense of reality. Other clubs had a much better squad.”

Should Ten Hag leave, then he would depart two years into the three-year deal he signed when moving from Ajax. He would also become the fifth Man United manager to be sacked since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

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