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The Red Devils head into their 28th Premier League match of the campaign having lose 11 times already this term. Ten Hag’s team have scored just 37 goals in 27 matches, while conceding 39. They also crashed out of the Champions League in the group stages and the Carabao Cup in the fourth round.

With INEOS taking control of the footballing operations at United following Sir Jim Radcliffe’s purchase of 27.7 per cent of the club, Ten Hag’s future has been brought into question. He has lost much of the credit built up from his strong first season, when he won the Carabao Cup, reached the FA Cup final and finished third in the league.

But the Independent report that United have problems if they do come to axe Ten Hag, a decision which is said to now be more and more likely. The former Ajax tactician would be due a pay-off worth near £10million due to the fact he’s under contract until 2025.

And the 20-time English champions have Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR) concerns to worry about. So if Ten Hag does go, then United might run into problems replacing him. Managers currently without a job might be the easiest to appoint.

Graham Potter, already linked to United because INEOS are known admirers of the ex-Chelsea and Brighton boss, would therefore come into strong consideration. Julian Nagelsmann is another although the Germany head coach will not be available until after this summer’s Euros end in mid-July.

It is said Nagelsmann is gaining favour at United and that Potter already has a good relationship with United’s new powerbrokers. The Red Devils want to instal a new structure that takes the pressure off of the manager, whether Ten Hag stays or not.

Ratcliffe and co. have been hard at work putting highly-regarded chiefs in place, with Newcastle guru Dan Ashworth a top target to become the new sporting director, Southampton’s Jason Wilcox wanted and Omar Berrada already named the next CEO. Ten Hag’s fate is not yet decided but he requires a strong finish to the season.

United can still sneak into next season’s Champions League via finishing fifth, if the Premier League are given an extra spot in next year’s competition. But they are six points adrift of Tottenham who have a game in hand on them. Ten Hag’s side also face bitter rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-finals at Old Trafford.

It’s said if the 54-year-old does go, then INEOS will do their all to appoint the best possible manager rather than simply picking an affordable option. But bringing in a coach already in a job would cost them and that money would have to come out of the transfer budget, making an unemployed tactician more appealing as a result.

United boss Ten Hag has meanwhile claimed none of their rivals would have coped with the amount of injuries he has had to deal with this term. He has won 61 of 100 matches in charge of the club and thinks being without so many important players have stopped him adding another 10 or 15 victories to that tally.

Though Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal have all been dogged by their own fitness problems, he said: “First of all, I don’t think they have had as many injuries as we had and in key positions.

“That [win percentage) tells me we’re in the right direction. Imagine if we had many more players available and not set]acks and injuries. It could easily have been 75 wins – and that tells the bright future of this team. When you compare it with other managers, other teams, or previous managers in this big club, you can see there is a bright future.

“No team can deal with so many injuries. We missed so many key players over the part of the season. We’ve had big setbacks, but we keep going and have a strong mentality. We keep fighting and keep pushing the team in the right direction.”

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