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Manchester United to sack Erik ten Hag after FA Cup Final, says Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United to sack Erik ten Hag after FA Cup Final, says Rio Ferdinand

Erik ten Hag will be sacked by Manchester United even if he wins the FA Cup Final on Saturday, says Rio Ferdinand.

The Dutch manager has overseen the club's worst-ever Premier League finish, of eighth, along with a negative goal difference come the season's end for the first time.

It’s been a miserable season for United and speculation has been rife for months that minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe will look to bring in a new manager.

And while Ferdinand suggests he is open to Ten Hag staying, it is his belief that a sacking is far more likely.

I don’t think (winning the FA Cup) changes anything in the eyes of INEOS

Rio Ferdinand

"The more and more I think about it, win or lose, I don’t think Ten Hag will be there come next season,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five podcast.

"I’m not saying that’s what I want, I’m just saying what I believe is going to happen, and I believe that the club are going to look elsewhere I think.

"I don’t think (winning the FA Cup) changes anything in the eyes of INEOS. I’ve not spoken to anyone there, this is just an assumption, this is what I think."

Erik ten Hag is expected to be given the boot (Getty Images)
Erik ten Hag is expected to be given the boot (Getty Images)

He continued; "Put injuries aside, the performances of the team have been so bad. Most teams have had injuries, maybe not to the same extent as Man United.

"I keep saying this, I sound like a broken record: performance level can drop but your style of football should be there to identify. It’s not.

"I don’t know what we are. I don’t know who we are. Who are we as a team? What are we?"