- Ten Hag has had a tough time of things with both on and off-field issues at United
- United were eighth in the Premier League going into the game versus West Ham
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Roy Keane has insisted that Erik ten Hag is ‘on trial’ at Manchester United for the remainder of the season.
Ten Hag has endured a nightmare time of late off-the-pitch at United, dealing with a number of issues around player discipline problems.
Marcus Rashford was recently spotting in a Belfast nightclub hours before calling in sick for training, while the likes of Jadon Sancho have left after publicly falling out with the Dutchman.
Things haven’t been much better on-field, either, with United eighth in the Premier League going into their game against West Ham on Sunday.
And former United captain Keane isn’t certain of Ten Hag’s future. Speaking on Sky Sports, he suggested the Red Devils’ boss’ spell in charge could come to an end at the season’s conclusion depending on how the rest of the year plays out.
Erik ten Hag is ‘on trial’ at Manchester United for the rest of the season, Roy Keane has claimed
The Dutchman has had to endure a number of on and off-field issues at the club in recent times
Keane suggested that pressure could be on for Ten Hag is he doesn’t win the FA Cup or get United in the top four
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‘It’s a harsh word to use, “on trial”, because most managers are under pressure, but when you’re Manchester United manager, that pressure comes,’ Keane said.
‘Is he on trial? Yes, he probably is until the end of the season. If he doesn’t get his hands on the FA Cup or get into the Champions League, that pressure will be building.’
United are trying to improve off-field proceedings, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS set to be approved as minority owners soon and looking to put their own mark on goings on at the club.
It’s possible they will look to employ their own manager, but will hope Ten Hag can turn things around after what has been a difficult couple of years in charge.
New minority owner-in-waiting Sir Jim Ratcliffe could appoint a manager of his own choosing, Gary Neville has claimed
Neville admitted he is keeping an eye on the managerial situation at the club as change takes place
Former United defender Gary Neville, also speaking on Sky, conceded that Ten Hag’s future could be in doubt, despite the club backing him with money to spend and in civil wars with players so far.
‘It’s the biggest decision for the new owners in the next few months,’ Neville said. ‘They’re going to bring a sporting director and a head of recruitment in, but whether they keep the manager is the one we’ll all be waiting on.’
United could move up to sixth in the Premier League with a win on Sunday.