Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has been under pressure following a poor start to 2023-24, and the club are already lining up replacements, according to The Times.
However, the Old Trafford club have denied the reports and have told Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano that the claims are ‘categorically false’.
The transfer expert posted the update from Man United on social media platform X shortly after the rumours emerged.
🚨🔴 Manchester United deny any idea or contact to replace Erik ten Hag with new head coach.
Club sources guarantee stories on new manager are ‘categorically false’. pic.twitter.com/gy0uOQkKC4
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 2, 2023
Man United have lost eight of their opening 15 games across all competitions so far this term, including five at home.
They have conceded first six times in ten home games and shipped 16 goals in total, and Ten Hag needs to quickly turn things around on the pitch if he wants to keep his job.
The Red Devils were dumped out of the Carabao Cup in front of their home supporters on Wednesday night after suffering a 3-0 loss to a second-string Newcastle United in the fourth round of the competition.
Man United headed into the game yesterday on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday, and the fans were left disappointed with the performance of the players.
Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim and Zinedine Zidane have been linked with the job, but the current owners are unlikely to make any decisions at the moment as they are in the middle of selling 25% of their shares to Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
Control of the club’s football operations will be yielded to the British billionaire if the process is approved, and Ten Hag could be sacked afterwards if the results do not change.
It is their worst start to a season in 61 years, and finishing in the top-six is starting to look tricky after just ten Premier League games.
Man United return to action on Saturday with a trip to Craven Cottage to face Fulham in the Premier League, and Ten Hag needs his side to win to relieve the mounting pressure on him.
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