Gary Neville: Erik ten Hag’s future at Man Utd largely depends on winning the FA Cup | Football news

On Gary Neville’s podcast, former Man Utd captain says there are ‘no explanations’ and ‘no excuses’ for the way the team is playing and that with Champions League qualification almost over, the FA Cup is ‘everything ‘is; Man Utd take on Coventry in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday; starting at 3.30 pm

By means of Gary Neville, football expert @GNev2

9:35, UK, Thursday April 18, 2024

Erik ten Hag’s future at Manchester United is now “largely dependent” on the FA Cup Air sports pundit Gary Neville after watching his former side’s latest underperformance.

United escaped Bournemouth with a 2-2 draw on Saturday despite a controversial late VAR call that went against the hosts, with head coach Ten Hag admitting they “deserved no more” than the lone point after another alarming performance .

That result leaves United thirteen points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa, who have played a game more. With just six games remaining for Ten Hag’s side, the prospects of closing the gap to the Champions League qualification spots appear unlikely.

The FA Cup seems to be their only chance to salvage the success of the season. United will take on Championship side Coventry at Wembley on Sunday in the semi-finals, with back-to-back final appearances in the competition under Ten Hag still a possibility.

After winning the Carabao Cup in his first season in charge, only more domestic silverware could save Ten Hag’s under-pressure position at United, says Neville.

“They just have to try to get to the end of the season and win the FA Cup, which won’t be easy,” the former United captain said on the club website. Gary Neville podcast.

“They have to win next weekend, otherwise the season is over. Erik ten Hag has to look at this season in which he can end his first two seasons with two trophies in the bank, one for each season.” should never be smelled.

“There’s nothing more to say about some of the league performances that we see and some of the things that we look at, the tweets and the likes, we’ve said it so many times.

“But what we can say is that Erik ten Hag’s future largely depends on the FA Cup, because their performances in the league have disappeared. They are not going to change, what we see now is how they will finish the season, it seems It.” as if the players have left home every now and then.

“They have to turn on at home because there are 75,000 people who won’t let them get away with it. Man Utd fans never stop outside the house and watch really dodgy stuff. They never turn on the team or the manager and they are with the right joke dealt with. But the FA Cup is everything.”

No excuses for Man Utd’s performance levels

Gary Neville says the level of performance and unrest in the squad reminds him of the same problems that plagued Erik ten Hag’s predecessors at Old Trafford – and injury problems are no excuse for the Dutch manager

United defeated Liverpool in a thrilling FA Cup quarter-final before the March international break and Ten Hag said afterwards he believed it could be a turning point for his side.

But since the return to action, United have failed to win a game and put in highly criticized performances at Brentford and Bournemouth, as well as throwing away a lead and losing at Chelsea. There was a Premier League draw at home to Liverpool, but their rivals’ finishing let them down.

Neville says that although the poor performances have now become known to United supporters, Ten Hag cannot use injuries that have hit his side as an excuse.

“There’s nothing left to say we’ve seen it all before,” Neville said of the team’s recent form.

“It’s a repeat of what’s happened over the last six, seven, eight years with managers in their second or third season at Manchester United where ultimately there seems to be a slump.

“The most important thing is the performance levels. We have seen at Brentford and now at Bournemouth that they are very low performance levels, which is worrying.

“I know people point out the injuries and Manchester United have had a mountain of injuries, but I said the same thing against Liverpool. Nine of the team that started on Saturday would probably be in the starting line-up if everyone was fit.

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“(Andre) Onana, (Harry) Maguire, (Diogo) Dalot, Casemiro, (Kobbie) Mainoo, Bruno Fernandes and (Rasmus) Hojlund, (Alejandro) Garnacho and (Marcus) Rashford.

“That’s nine players who are Manchester United’s best players in those positions. You bring in Luke Shaw and you bring in (Lisandro) Martinez and you could potentially argue between (Raphael) Varane and Maguire, but there’s no point in that .

“They have had a lot of injuries but at the moment there are no excuses for the level of performance we are seeing and every team has one or two players missing at certain points.

“There is no explanation for how they are playing. The anger or disappointment has disappeared from the voices of many Manchester United fans. We are at a point where the FA Cup is a big thing.”

“You’ve always said that winning a trophy a season is a real achievement. But it’s a bizarre experience watching Man Utd, how bad they can be in games.”

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