Man Utd: Benni McCarthy job offer remarks speak volumes for under-fire boss Erik ten Hag | Football | Sport

Ten Hag was thought to be in line for an improved contract after the first year of his current deal, which expires in June 2025.

The Dutchman was on course to win 50 games in record time – a feat achieved at the start of this season – and ended United’s six-year trophy drought at the first time of asking.

But last February’s Carabao Cup triumph and the third-place Premier League finish a few months later feels like a generation ago now.

United face Liverpool in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday, knowing a 17th defeat of the campaign would end hopes of silverware and leave Ten Hag vulnerable.

His future could then depend on whether the Red Devils qualify for the Champions League. A fifth spot in next season’s competition looks set to help their cause, but they have significant ground to make up.

Ten Hag’s side trail fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur – who possess a game in hand away at Chelsea – by six points. They are eight points behind Aston Villa in fourth.

United’s capitulation under Ten Hag over the last several months has unsurprisingly also brought the futures of his coaching staff into the spotlight.

The Mail report that players in the dressing room believe the Dutchman will depart if he doesn’t guide them to the FA Cup or Champions League qualification.

If that outcome comes to fruition, Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren would almost certainly be dismissed with him.

But even if Ten Hag stays on for the final year of his contract, McCarthy is among members of the coaching staff whose deals expire this summer.

McCarthy, a former striker popular with the first-team squad, will face a dilemma if he’s approached with job offers between now and the end of the season. He has made it clear he envisages a return to management.

“With the knowledge I’ve gained and everything I have contributed to this team, I want to take that and then eventually become the manager,” McCarthy told YOU magazine.

“Because once you’ve sat in the hot seat and you have experience the adrenalin of decision making and leading, you want to experience that one day.”

His public comments don’t inspire confidence that he believes he will be at Old Trafford for the long haul. That sense of a plan B could be prevalent across United’s coaching staff.

Eric Ramsay, a key member of Ten Hag’s team, left earlier this month to become the youngest manager in MLS history at Minnesota United.

McCarthy could be the next to embark on a new challenge, regardless of whether Ten Hag retains his spot in the dugout or not.

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