Gary Neville insists Man Utd have already made decision on sacking Erik ten Hag | Football

Ten Hag under mounting pressure at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

Gary Neville is convinced Manchester United’s new hierarchy has already made a decision over whether to sack Erik ten Hag.

The former Ajax boss led the club to a top four finish and won the Carabao Cup in his first season in charge but has struggled to rally United this term.

Saturday’s defeat at home to Fulham was their 10th in the league this term with their increasingly worrying performances piling pressure on the Dutchman.

Off the pitch, Ratcliffe and INEOS have assumed control of football operations following the purchase of 27.8 per cent of the club with key appointments already being made with Omar Berrada poached from Manchester City to become new chief executive.

The club also want to bring in Newcastle United sporting director Dan Ashworth, who was last week placed on gardening leave by the Tyneside club.

Some of the biggest clubs in Europe and are currently searching for a new manager including Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich with Jurgen Klopp, Xavi and Thomas Tuchel leaving their posts at the end of the season.

With some pivotal months ahead at Old Trafford, Neville believes ten Hag’s fate could already be sealed.

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Neville says United’s new decision-makers won’t be starting on the back foot (Picture: Getty)

‘If you look at the guy who has come in from Man City as CEO and they are looking to get Dan Ashworth in from Newcastle, they are going to make a decision quite quickly if they haven’t already,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

‘Sir Jim Ratcliffe, David Brailsford, they already know if they are going to keep Erik ten Hag as manager next season.

‘I can’t believe they are going to wait until May to make that decision and leave themselves short.

‘Where United have been found out in recent in terms of recruitment on and off the pitch is making poor decisions, late decisions, not being ahead of the game.

‘I don’t think they are going to do that. For me, I suspect they have come to a conclusion already.’

United have another pivotal week, taking on Nottingham Forest for a place in the FA Cup quarter-final on Wednesday before a daunting trip to neighbours Manchester City on Sunday.


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