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Gary Neville shares ‘hunch’ about Sir Jim Ratcliffe plan for Erik ten Hag

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Gary Neville has called for Manchester United to make a decision on Erik ten Hag now – but believes Gareth Southgate is not the right man to take over if the Dutchman is sacked.

Ineos and Sir Jim Ratcliffe are still mulling over the future of Ten Hag after United finished in their lowest ever Premier League position of eighth. It had been reported that the 50-year-old was facing the axe regardless of whether they beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final at Wembley last month.




United earned a shock 2-1 victory over City to win the FA Cup and that has seemingly given Ten Hag more time, with Ratcliffe and Ineos yet to make a firm decision on his future. Ratcliffe held talks with Thomas Tuchel in Monaco last week but the former Bayern Munich boss is planning to take a break from coaching, while Gareth Southgate, Thomas Frank and Graham Potter are among the other names linked.

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Delivering his opinion on Ten Hag’s situation, Neville told The Overlap: “It isn’t cruel to have kept Erik ten Hag hanging for two weeks whilst Manchester United review the last two years of his work.

“He must accept that the season he delivered wasn’t good enough in terms of the heavy defeats that United suffered and the lack of cohesion in the team structure, especially when you consider the shots on goal conceded.

“The fact is, he probably would have been gone by now if he had lost the FA Cup final and no one was really anticipating a performance like that, a display on which you could almost hang your hat. But I don’t think he can complain that United have taken their time to consider options. Any Manchester United manager finishing eighth knows that their job is on the line.”

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