Erik ten Hag 'increasingly frustrated' and 'disappointed' as Man Utd leave him in the lurch

Erik ten Hag Man Utd

Erik ten Hag is frustrated and disappointed as Man Utd continue to mull over their managerial options

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 11/06/2024

- 12:01

Updated: 11/06/2024

- 12:03

The Dutchman won the FA Cup last season but could still be relieved of his duties over at Old Trafford

Erik ten Hag is reportedly 'increasingly frustrated' with Manchester United as they consider to mull over their managerial options.

The Dutchman has been in charge for two years and recently guided the club to FA Cup glory, with the Red Devils beating Manchester City 2-1 at Wembley to end a shambolic season on a high.

United have been linked with a number of different managers, including Mauricio Pochettino, Gareth Southgate, Thomas Frank and Thomas Tuchel, while they mull things over behind the scenes.

Ten Hag jetted off on his holidays shortly after United's win over City. He returned to work on Monday.

Erik ten Hag Man Utd

Erik ten Hag is frustrated and disappointed as Man Utd continue to mull over their managerial options


The Telegraph say, however, that the 54-year-old is growing 'increasingly frustrated' with the Red Devils for dragging their feet.

Under previous director John Murtough, and when the Glazers were in charge of football operations, Ten Hag was irked by his slow they were in the transfer market.

He is worried that, with the Red Devils dawdling, they could miss out on some of their top targets.

It's claimed Ten Hag is 'disappointed' by the lack of urgency at United.

The fallen giants have previously had to pay over the odds when it comes to signing players, having initially been hesitant.

One such case is Antony, who ended up costing a huge £86million after arriving from Ajax in 2022.

United are yet to decide on first-choice transfer targets, though centre-back is a priority.

Lisandro Martinez was injured for much of last season, with the Argentina international sorely missed.

Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are too inconsistent, while United need a replacement for Raphael Varane.

A large number of players are on the market this summer, with the Red Devils eager to revamp their squad so they can secure a swift return to the top of the English game.

United are due back for pre-season training at the start of July.

They will then face off against Rosenborg in Trondheim, Norway, on July 15 before jetting off to the United States.

It does seem, however, that Sir Jim Ratcliffe has no standout name in mind when it comes to taking over from Ten Hag.

Southgate has hinted he could quit England after the European Championships if he fails in his mission to bring football home.

Yet bringing in the 52-year-old would be a substantial risk, with many United supporters against the idea.


Thomas Tuchel Mauricio Pochettino

Erik ten Hag could be replaced by Thomas Tuchel or Mauricio Pochettino at Man Utd


Pochettino is available following his recent departure from Chelsea, with Enzo Maresca replacing him at Stamford Bridge.

But that ship may have sailed, with United previously snubbing the Argentine in both 2016 and 2022.

Frank would also represent a gamble, despite his impressive work at Brentford.

And United failed to come to any agreement with Tuchel after Ratcliffe met the German for face-to-face talks last week.

Former Red Devils star Gordon Strachan, meanwhile, has slammed the Red Devils for taking too long to decide Ten Hag's future.

Erik ten Hag Man Utd

Erik ten Hag has won two trophies in as many years since his arrival at Man Utd


"I do find it staggering that his future hasn’t been resolved yet," he told Prime Casino.

"The FA Cup final was two weeks ago. Are Man United waiting for Dan Ashworth to come in and start making decisions? Surely that’s not the case and surely he’s having conversations with the club without being officially appointed to the role of Director of Football anyway.

"If the people running the club genuinely don’t think that Erik ten Hag is good enough, then they need to tell him now, because what’s happening at the moment is unfair.

"I also think there’s a point here where Erik ten Hag has to say, 'If you don’t want me here, if you don’t think I’m good enough, then fire me.'"

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