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‘That could be really bad’: Gary Neville shares what Ten Hag must avoid to salvage his Manchester United season

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Manchester United are about to enter an extremely important month of games which could define Erik ten Hag’s tenure.

Two consecutive losses have seen Erik ten Hag‘s dream start to 2024 brought to an abrupt halt and questions over his future resurface and replacement managers linked.

Losing to Manchester City last weekend – while there’s no shame in the loss – was a massive blow because of the way he set his team up.

Succeeding all possession to the Citizens, Manchester United held on for dear life, with a Marcus Rashford worldie giving some false hope.

Now ahead of an important few games, Gary Neville has told Ten Hag what he needs to avoid to keep his job.

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Gary Neville warns Erik ten Hag of what he needs to avoid to keep Manchester United job

Speaking on The Overlap’s fan debate, Neville has claimed that Ineos will be paying close attention to the mood around Old Trafford when deciding Ten Hag’s future, with two games being key.

“I don’t get the impression that Jim Ratcliffe or Dave Brailsford or Dan Ashworth are the type of people that won’t be doing their jobs in terms of planning and seeing what’s available for a new manager. I’m not saying they’ve made a decision [but] I can’t believe they wouldn’t be sounding out and looking…


“I think for me for Ten Hag when you say whats critical, I always remember two games under David Moyes, and under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] when it was City and Liverpool. And we’ve got Liverpool at home twice in the space of I think three weeks, those games can either be your friend or could be your massive enemy.

“You know what it’s like, if you’re losing at home against Liverpool… away at Liverpool’s bad with a couple thousand United fans in the corner, but when you’ve got 73,000 United fans in that stadium against Liverpool twice, and if Liverpool come and do us in the cup with 7,000 fans there… I do think those [two] games will define it [Ten Hag’s future].

“I think if you [get beat] the season’s over. I think if you beat Liverpool in the cup, the atmosphere will be electric if we beat Liverpool in the cup it’ll be amazing and then if you do alright in the league – and I’m not saying we will it’s a big ask – I think they are games which could give us that impetus for the rest of the season and give Ten Hag a bit of a lift, I think if you lose against Liverpool twice, you can imagine the atmosphere what it’s going to be like.

“The season will be over with a month to go, I think that could be dead, that could be really bad in terms of perception.”

In relation to Ten Hag being on trial, “Oh he is”.

Ten Hag needs to stay in the FA Cup, it could define his job position

With Champions League qualification now looking like a step too far along with early elimination from Europe and the League Cup, United are solely reliant on the FA Cup for success this season.

It’s unlikely an FA Cup triumph saves Ten Hag but in order to give himself the best possible chance, he needs to give it everything.

The game is made even more important because it’s against a huge rival and knocking them out makes it one less trophy that Jurgen Klopp can win in his final season.

The next month will likely determine Ten Hag’s future and the FA Cup will play a massive part of this.

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