Man United’s Ten Hag on talks with Ratcliffe: I don’t need guarantees

Erik ten Hag has revealed that he has already held talks with Manchester United co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe and will go on holiday the day after the FA Cup final.

Ten Hag said Ratcliffe’s assurances about his position were “not necessary” and insisted he was planning to “go for next season”.

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Sources told ESPN that United bosses are considering a number of potential replacements for Ten Hag, including Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Kieran McKenna and Thomas Frank.

Sources close to United have told ESPN that club bosses will “review the season after the cup final” without “making any decisions beforehand”.

But when asked at a press conference on Thursday whether he would be part of the end-of-season review after the cup final, Ten Hag said he had already spoken to Ratcliffe and the INEOS hierarchy.

“We already did it and on Sunday I’m going on vacation, I think I deserve it,” said Ten Hag.

When asked if he had been assured during the talks that his job was secure going into next season, the Dutchman replied: “No need, we will go next season.”

Ten Hag is under contract at Old Trafford until 2025 but his position has become increasingly vulnerable after a season in which United finished eighth in the Premier League and missed out on a Champions League place.

The Dutchman has blamed a long injury list for the team’s problems but says lifting the FA Cup on Saturday would put a different spin on the campaign.

“We will be in a very different place if we win on Saturday because we will be in Europe and we will have another trophy,” he said.

“But still, three finals in two seasons is very good, I would say, because this club when I joined was not in good condition, at all.

“I think we’ve improved a lot and even if you consider all the injuries we’ve had, it’s a horrible season for us. Absolutely that has to change.”

Despite United’s problems this season, winning the FA Cup would secure them a second trophy in two years. Ten Hag has also brought in youngsters Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo and the 54-year-old believes many of the positive aspects of his reign are being overlooked.

“I’m sure many forget, yes, absolutely,” Ten Hag said.

“This club is in a period of transition and we have progressed many players to high levels. Some young players also came to the team and became internationals and will go to the Copa América and the European Championship, which is very good.

“We want to improve the squad, we want to create a team for the future, but in the meantime we want to win trophies. On Saturday we have a great chance to win another trophy and a third final in two years, I would like to say, it’s not that bad.”

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