February 26, 2024

Erik ten Hag warned about Sir Jim Ratcliffe as Rio Ferdinand gives verdict on Man Utd sack | Football | Sport


Rio Ferdinand believes that Sir Jim Ratcliffe will not be afraid to make a ‘big decision’ when it comes to deciding the future of Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag. The Red Devils have made little progress under the Dutchman’s guidance despite spending over £400million in the transfer market since his arrival two years ago.

United’s season went from bad to worse on Saturday, when they were humbled at home by Fulham to pile further pressure on Ten Hag’s shoulders. Speaking on Vibe with Five, Ferdinand suggested that ‘a lot of moving parts’ will need to fall into place for Ten Hag to stay at Old Trafford for another season, with Ratcliffe unlikely to fret about wielding the axe if he feels it is warranted.

Asked if he expects Ten Hag to be sacked at the end of the season, Ferdinand said: “It depends. If he runs it close and we see an upturn in form, an upturn in the environment at the training ground and they can see what it looks like going into next season if we add the right pieces to it as well.

“Given the structure behind him now, a lot of moving parts have to fall into place for him to stay. If they don’t finish the season well and they are losing games and it looks like the dressing room ain’t a harmonious place…

“One thing I would say is that I don’t think Jim Ratcliffe and his team are shy of making big decisions. It won’t be a big thing for them if they have to intervene. I don’t think they’ll look at it and go: ‘We’ve got to work out the media and the PR’. What’s right for United now, they will do.”

Ferdinand went on to question the idea of injuries holding United back, insisting that Ten Hag’s failure to implement a clear playing style is the main issue.

“That’s one concern,” he explained. “What are we? I don’t know what we are. I spoke to the manager at Galatasaray and he said: ‘We’ve had a lot of injuries so it’s difficult to implement the tactical side of things and have a regular way of playing’. I don’t know, man.

“I just think if you coach a team, you’re not just coaching the first 11, you’re coaching everyone in the squad. When they come in, they should know their roles and responsibilities to implement a certain way of playing. United just don’t have a style of play at the moment where you go: ‘That is them’.”

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