Newcastle United rivals make brutal managerial decision before Man City vs Man Utd FA Cup final

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Erik ten Hag is set to be sacked regardless of whether Manchester United lift the FA Cup

Manchester United are set to pull the trigger on Erik ten Hag following the FA Cup final, according to reports.

The Dutchman’s future has dominated much of the pre-match talk before the Wembley showdown. Ten Hag - who led the Red Devils to a third-placed finish and Carabao Cup triumph over Newcastle United last season - has come under criticism in 2023-24.

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Man United finished eighth - their lowest ranking in the Premier League era. They also recorded their worst points total and most defeats since 1992 and failing to win the FA Cup against Manchester City will mean no European football next season.

That is despite Ten Hag being given more than £400million to spend on new arrivals in two years. Several humiliating defeats - including a 3-0 home loss to Newcastle in November - also swayed public opinion against the 54-year-old.

Minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is planning a summer rebuild now he has been given sporting control at Old Trafford. The Ineos billionaire has already confirmed Omar Berrada as CEO from Manchester City and Jason Wilcox as technical director. 

Man United have also all but confirmed Newcastle sporting director Dan Ashworth’s arrival - when that will be remains to be seen. That leaves the managerial position as the only major role Ratcliffe would has not appointed.

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The Guardian now claim Ten Hag will be dismissed regardless of whether he wins the FA Cup tomorrow. When grilled by the media, the Dutchman evaded questions on his future - outlining his focus being on the Man City clash.

"I came here to win trophies,” Ten Hag said. "Saturday I have the next opportunity and we achieved this, earned this opportunity as a team and now we have to go for it.

"At the same time, in the last two years, of course after every season you review it and then we will see where we are in the project and things we have to change. We spoke lately about it. 

“Underneath there are very good things - players coming up, players developing, values coming up. We have on Saturday a big opportunity to win the next trophy."

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