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Erik ten Hag impressed Man Utd chiefs in three areas to earn another chance as manager

After a performance evaluation conducted by the club since the end of the season, Erik ten Hag has been retained by Manchester United.

Following his three main areas of impressing Manchester United’s management, Erik ten Hag held onto his position. Since the completion of a season that saw United finish a pitiful eighth in the Premier League and tumble out of the Champions League in the group stage, the Dutchman’s future has been the focus of a performance assessment.

Crucially, though, Ten Hag unexpectedly defeated Manchester City 2-1 in the FA Cup final to cap off a turbulent season that was exacerbated by a debilitating injury list. It was believed that the former Ajax manager’s two-year tenure might not be extended.

Under the direction of co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe, United’s football department examined several candidates, including Mauricio Pochettino, Roberto De Zerbi, Thomas Tuchel, Gareth Southgate, and Thomas Tuchel. In the end, though, they have made the decision to remain with Ten Hag, who is expected to receive a new contract as a further sign of faith because his present one is slated to expire next summer.

Why, then, have the Reds Devils chosen to remain instead of turning? Ten Hag’s unwavering work ethic and dedication to the position, as well as his composure and professionalism in the face of the extreme pressure that comes with being the manager at Old Trafford, have reportedly impressed club executives, according to The Mirror.

The way promising young players, particularly Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo (the cup final scores), have grown under his direction was another important aspect. Ratcliffe and his group acknowledge that their inadequacies in the league and in Europe can be attributed in part to their injury problems. He was also thought to be deserving of an opportunity to establish himself in the football framework that the team had just adopted.

Certainly, there have been other contributing causes to Ten Hag’s continued employment. It is thought that Ratcliffe had discussions with Tuchel, but that after that the two parted ways.

As for Southgate, he refused to hold negotiations until after Euro 2024. Southgate is an ally of Dan Ashworth, the new sporting director. But many clubs will be keeping an eye on the England manager if he stands down following the Euros, since he hopes to return to club management someday.

Ten Hag’s future is safe, for the time being at least. However, in order to quell more rumours about him, he needs a successful transfer window and a solid start to the 2024–2025 campaign.

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