Unwavering Support: Manchester United’s Commitment to ten Hag
Manchester United’s stance on the future of their manager, Erik ten Hag, has been a subject of intense speculation and debate among fans and pundits alike. In a recent video by Mark Goldbridge from The United Stand, insights into the club’s position and the potential influence of incoming investor Sir Jim Ratcliffe were discussed, shedding light on the club’s direction and ten Hag’s role in it.
United’s Stance on ten Hag’s Future
Goldbridge reveals that despite a rocky start to the season, Manchester United had been working on a new contract for ten Hag. This contract is reportedly still on the table, indicating the club’s belief in their manager’s long-term project. “The stance of Manchester United up until probably three weeks ago was that there was a new contract being worked on for Eric ten Hag,” Goldbridge states, emphasising the club’s commitment to their manager’s vision.
Ratcliffe’s Impending Influence
The imminent arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe to take over the sporting side of Manchester United, while the Glazers maintain ownership, is set to have a significant impact on the club’s operations. Goldbridge notes, “Sir Jim Ratcliffe will come into this football club at some point in the next few weeks and take over the sporting side with the Glazers still owning the football club.” This change suggests a potential shift in how decisions, particularly regarding ten Hag’s tenure, will be made.
Player Power and ten Hag’s Authority
A critical point raised by Goldbridge concerns the issue of player power within the club. He argues that the players, rather than ten Hag, are the ones on thin ice. “The people who are on thin ice are the players,” he asserts, pointing out that the issues at United are not due to ten Hag but rather the players themselves. This perspective aligns with Ratcliffe’s vision of reducing player power and building a future-focused Manchester United.
The Path Ahead for ten Hag
Looking forward, the consensus is that no significant decisions about ten Hag’s position will be made until Ratcliffe assumes control of the footballing aspects of the club. Goldbridge suggests that if ten Hag can navigate the upcoming weeks successfully and start securing wins, he may very well see his contract extended and work closely with Ratcliffe to shape the club’s future.
Manchester United’s approach to Erik ten Hag’s managerial role is one of patience and long-term planning. With Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s involvement on the horizon, the club appears poised to address internal challenges and reaffirm their support for ten Hag. As Goldbridge aptly puts it, “The bottom line from United is that whether it’s under Sir Jim now or in 3 months time they want to build a Manchester United for the future.”