Erik ten Hag could make Manchester United’s managerial decision for them this weekend if Newport County earn an almighty scalp in the FA Cup fourth round. On Sunday, the League Two side host United at Rodney Parade, where it’s no understatement to say Ten Hag is fighting for his future.
The Red Devils have no European football to look forward to in the second half of the season after embarrassingly crashing out of the Champions League group stage.
Ten Hag oversaw just one win in six games to finish rock-bottom of Group A behind Bayern Munich, FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray.
United’s Carabao Cup defence also ended prematurely after Newcastle United romped to a 3-0 win at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, 10 wins and nine defeats in 21 Premier League games have left the M16 giants 11 points outside the top four and 16 behind leaders Liverpool.
With little to play for in the first few months of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS’ rule over football operations, Ten Hag desperately needs an FA Cup run.
But the Dutchman could fail his job audition this weekend if United suffer their latest low in a disastrous season and crash out to Newport in South Wales.
Ratcliffe and INEOS will undoubtedly weigh up Ten Hag’s future at the end of the season with the support of the new sporting structure they plan to put in place.
Omar Berrada has already been appointed as United’s new chief executive, dropping his role as Manchester City’s chief football operations officer.
And the hires of a sporting director and head of recruitment are expected to follow once the Premier League ratifies Ratcliffe’s £1.3billion deal for a 29 per cent stake in the club.
Together, United’s new-look hierarchy will have a big decision to make. Current Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel looks to be an appealing option should they decide to make a change.
According to Caught Offside, Bayern weren’t left pleased by Tuchel’s recent claims that he received more respect in England than in his homeland, Germany.
The Bavarians believe they aren’t seeing enough progress after handing Tuchel an expensive squad, including England captain Harry Kane.
It’s claimed the 50-year-old is thinking about a Premier League return and that he has always been keen to enter the United hot seat.
And with Ten Hag’s status uncertain, the report adds that the stars could align for Tuchel, who impressively lifted the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021, to replace him later this year.