The pressure is mounting on Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag as his side prepare to face Manchester City in the FA Cup final on May 25.

After a turbulent season, criticism of Ten Haag’s managerial performance reached a fever pitch, with fans and pundits expressing their displeasure with the Dutchman.

Club legend Rio Ferdinand gave his feelings on Ten Haag’s tenure, saying: “Injuries aside, the team’s performances have been so poor. Most teams have had injuries, maybe not to the same extent as Man United.”

He went on to criticize the team’s style of play, or lack thereof, continuing: “I keep saying this, I sound like a broken record: performance levels may drop, but your style of football should be there to be recognised. It’s not. I don’t know what we are. I don’t know who we are. Who are we as a team? What are we?”

In Ferdinand’s eyes, Ten Haag’s fate was already sealed. He believes that the new co-owners of INEOS have seen what is needed and will replace the Dutch manager when the time is right.

Ferdinand is not alone in his assessment, as former Aston Villa and Everton boss Keith Wyness has admitted he feels Ten Hag is not the right fit for United.

After a period of uncertainty, Fabrizio Romano has finally given a concrete answer on how he expects Ten Haag’s future to play out.

While Romano assured that previous reports in February and March about Ten Haag being involved in talks with INEOS over the club’s future were true, the tone at Old Trafford has since changed.

As for Ten Haag’s chances of keeping his job after a tumultuous season, Romano said: “It’s wide open right now – it’s a 50-50 situation for Ten Haag.”

He also gave a deadline for a decision on Ten Haag’s future, confirming: “After the final at Wembley there will be a decision on the coach, so Ten Haag knows how important it will be.”

Romano claimed that while a win against favorites City is not expected, the “right mentality” on the pitch will go a long way in influencing the club’s faith in Ten Haag’s abilities.

A win would mean everything to Ten Hag – not only in terms of keeping his job, but also seeking revenge after United’s 1-2 defeat last time out.


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