Erik ten Hag was saved by FA Cup glory, like Sir Alex, but Ineos have humiliated the Dutchman and undermined his authority - and he's not in the clear just yet, writes CHRIS WHEELER

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Winning nan FA Cup famously saved Sir Alex Ferguson’s bacon, and now it seems to person travel to Erik 10 Hag’s rescue too.

From a dormant man stepping astatine Wembley 18 days ago, Ten Hag yet has a ballot of assurance and nan committedness of a statement extension.

‘Football, bloody hell,’ was Ferguson’s astir memorable quote, and ne'er did it consciousness much apt than erstwhile news of United’s U-turn collapsed precocious past night.


An end-of-season reappraisal that felt for illustration small much than camouflage for Sir Jim Ratcliffe and caller number owners Ineos to hawk his occupation to anyone who would perceive has ended, rather extraordinarily, pinch nan Dutchman staying successful charge.

The feelgood facet from United’s triumph complete Manchester City past month, and nan palpable surge of support for Ten Hag among nan fanbase, has intelligibly turned Ratcliffe’s head.

Winning nan FA Cup appears to person been decisive successful Erik 10 Hag remaining Man United boss

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his Ineos group person decided to support Ten Hag and connection him a caller deal

The FA Cup feelgood facet and a surge successful instrumentality support has intelligibly turned Ratcliffe's head

Club sources confirmed past nighttime that winning his 2nd trophy successful 2 seasons – and nan mode of United’s astonishment 2-1 triumph complete City – was 1 of nan superior reasons Ten Hag has kept his job, arsenic was nan professionalism and dignity pinch which he conducted himself successful very difficult circumstances.

United besides recognised nan activity Ten Hag has done successful processing young players for illustration Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho – nan 2 scorers astatine Wembley – and came to nan conclusion that he deserved nan chance to beryllium himself successful a caller building led by main executive Omar Berrada, sporting head Dan Ashworth and method head Jason Wilcox.

After poring complete United’s worst-ever Premier League play and lamentable Champions League exit astatine nan group stage, they concluded that a chronic wounded database and nan trouble successful bedding successful caller signings Mason Mount, Rasmus Hojlund and Andre Onana were worthy of immoderate empathy.

On nan different hand, location was a morganatic position that if Ineos thought Ten Hag was toast astatine lunchtime connected Cup Final time past they should person stuck by their guns aft he climbed nan steps to nan Royal Box to person nan congratulations from Ratcliffe.

But really galore times person we talked astir nan Mark Robins extremity that saved Ferguson from nan sack earlier he lifted nan FA Cup successful 1990? Look what happened aft that, and Ineos are presumably hoping location could beryllium a happy ending to this section successful United’s history too.

We will ne'er cognize conscionable really adjacent they came to firing Ten Hag and shaking hands pinch Gareth Southgate, Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino, Thomas Frank aliases immoderate of nan others, and that is possibly nan biggest unreality connected nan sky correct now.

Can Ten Hag mend his moving narration pinch nan group who were truthful prepared to bent him retired to barren and talk his occupation pinch different candidates?

It’s understood that talks took spot pinch Pochettino and Frank successful nan week of nan Cup Final. Only past week Ratcliffe was entertaining Tuchel successful Monaco.

Man United recognise nan activity Ten Hag has done pinch Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho

There is nary mobility nan saga has humiliated Ten Hag contempt nan Dutchman remaining successful post

Only past week, erstwhile Bayern leader Thomas Tuchel was entertained successful Monaco by Ratcliffe 

Mauricio Pochettino, left, and Thomas Frank, right, are understood to person held talks successful nan week starring up to nan FA Cup final

There is nary mobility this full saga has humiliated Ten Hag and undermined his authority, moreover though it’s had a affirmative result for nan 54-year-old.

It’s apt he will person importantly little opportunity successful caller transfers nether nan caller bid aft spending £400million connected players since arriving astatine Old Trafford from Ajax successful nan summertime of 2022, amid concerns complete nan power of his supplier Kees Voss successful a number of United’s transportation dealings.

And location is still a lurking suspicion that, though Ratcliffe didn’t wield nan axe this time, Ten Hag whitethorn not beryllium successful nan clear conscionable yet. New owners for illustration to name their ain men erstwhile they person paid £1.3billion for nan privilege.

Southgate, for one, is known to beryllium admired by nan Ineos owner, but starring England into nan Euros ever felt for illustration 1 inconvenience excessively far.

Southgate refused to perpetrate astatine this shape and nan last is 1 time earlier United’s opening pre-season friends against Rosenborg successful Trondheim. The margins were excessively tight, nan possibilities excessively varied.

But what if Southgate leaves his station aft nan tournament, arsenic he suggested successful an question and reply pinch German publication Bild this week, and is disposable erstwhile we participate sacking play towards nan extremity of nan year?

Gareth Southgate indicated this week that he could time off England aft nan Euros

Ten Hag will backmost himself to move Man United into a unit and present further silverware

If Ten Hag has a akin commencement to adjacent play arsenic he did to nan past one, he could beryllium wide unfastened again.

But that is simply a interest for different day. He is simply a proud man and will backmost himself to nutrient a play much for illustration his first astatine United alternatively than nan second, pinch a decent transportation model down him and cardinal players backmost fit.

Ten Hag will judge he tin move United into a unit successful nan Premier League and person a decent changeable astatine winning nan Europa League – different reward for lifting nan FA Cup astatine Wembley.

This is simply a triumph for him and 1 that feels good deserved. Just for illustration Ferguson, he’s been fixed a reprieve. Now he has to make nan astir of it.


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