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Erik ten Hag to STAY on as Man United manager and could sign contract extension

Erik ten Hag will remain as Manchester United manager, talkSPORT understands.

The Dutchman’s future at Old Trafford had been speculated for much of the 2023/24 season amid a poor Premier League campaign.


Ten Hag will remain as the United managerCredit: Getty

Ten Hag led Man United to FA Cup glory last month though, masterminding a surprise victory over champions and near neighbours Manchester City.

A performance review of the season and broader first-team operations was promptly carried out by the club, led by Man United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS sporting director Sir Dave Brailsford.

The possibility of making a managerial change was discussed but the decision was ultimately made to stick with Ten Hag and back him to lead the team next season.

Ratcliffe, Brailsford and Ten Hag have since held constructive talks on the outcome of the review and are set to open discussions over a contract extension.

It’s understood Ten Hag winning two trophies in as many seasons as well as his work developing young players like Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo went down well with the club’s top brass.

The 54-year-old joined United in 2022 when he signed a deal until 2025 with the option of an extra year.

Ten Hag won the Carabao Cup in his first season and led the club to a third-place finish in the league to qualify for the Champions League.

However, the most recent campaign proved to be much more of a struggle for all given their fluctuant form.

Ten Hag will return to the home dugout at Old Trafford next season


Ten Hag will return to the home dugout at Old Trafford next seasonCredit: Getty

United were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage and their Carabao Cup defence ended with a fourth round exit.

They also succumbed to their worst ever Premier League finish with a final standing of eighth, including a goal difference of -1.

Watch the full-time scenes as Manchester United celebrate beating Manchester City in the FA Cup final

However, the amount of injuries that came this term as well as new signings needing time to bed in appears to have helped Ten Hag too.

It’s understood the club didn’t want to make a knee-jerk decision and want to give Ten Hag a chance under the club’s new sporting structure.

A number of names had been speculated to replace him should he have left United this summer.

They included Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino, who have both recently left Bayern Munich and Chelsea respectively.

The club's top brass have opted to stick with the Dutchman


The club’s top brass have opted to stick with the DutchmanCredit: Getty

England boss Gareth Southgate had also been a rumoured name, as well as Brentford’s Thomas Frank and former Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi.

But Ten Hag will now be preparing for his third season at United, with questions over his future set to vanish.

Their FA Cup win grants them Europa League football and therefore another opportunity to win silverware under the Dutchman.

Ten Hag at Man United

April 2022: Appointed Man United manager

August 2022: His reign gets off to a bad start with home defeat to Brighton and a 4-0 thumping at Brentford

February 2023: Man United beat Newcastle in Carabao Cup final, the Red Devils’ first trophy in six years

March 2023: Man United are pummelled 7-0 by Liverpool which is the Red Devils’ joint-heaviest defeat ever

May 2023: Man United secure a third-place finish in the Premier League and get back into the Champions League

June 2023: Man United lose in FA Cup final to Manchester City, who go on to emulate the Red Devils’ treble win

November 2023: Man United’s Carabao Cup title defence is ended with 3-0 defeat at home to Newcastle

December 2023: Man United exit Champions League at group stage, finishing fourth in their group

May 2024: Man United finish eighth in Premier League with 60 points, their lowest league position since the 1989/90 season

May 2024: Ten Hag wins his second trophy as Man United boss as they claim surprise 2-1 win over Man City in FA Cup final

June 2024: Ten Hag stays on at Man United and is set to sign contract extension

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